To Chairman Sessions: Do Not Restore Earmarks

February 15, 2017

The Honorable Pete Sessions
Chairman, Committee on Rules
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairman Sessions,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I am writing in response to reports that your committee plans to facilitate a discussion on the issue of “congressionally directed spending,” better known as earmarks.

I applaud your willingness to provide a sober-minded review of this issue, and I am confident that, under your leadership, the outcome of such a review will not be pre-determined in favor of a misguided majority that may wish to see a return of this corrosive practice.  Along with other organizations that you might invite to participate, CCAGW hopes to be included in this process.

Regardless of what they are called or how they are “justified,” earmarks are nothing more than self-serving, corruptive, pork-barrel projects.  As the House Republican Conference meets tomorrow to discuss your committee’s plans for these hearings, CCAGW will continue to advocate aggressively that the preservation of a conservative majority depends on a disciplined adherence to fiscally conservative principles, not a return to the business-as-usual, fat-cat cronyism of a bygone era.

At a time when the national debt is nearly $20 trillion, the nation cannot afford to waste money on a single pork-barrel project.  Taxpayer dollars should be awarded on the basis of merit, not political power.  Therefore, I urge the House Republican Conference to oppose any attempts to eliminate the earmark moratorium; moreover, I encourage the conference to instead consider proposals to make the moratorium permanent.


Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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