CCAGW Leads a Coalition Urging Congress to Reject the Restoration of Earmarks | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Leads a Coalition Urging Congress to Reject the Restoration of Earmarks

Press Release

February 23, 2021
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2021
Contact: Alexandra Abrams (202-467-5310)

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, a coalition of 18 organizations led by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to reject the proposed restoration of earmarks being considered by House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

The letter was co-signed by Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, National Taxpayers Union, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, American Commitment, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Heritage Action for America, Frontiers of Freedom, 60 Plus Association, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Alaska Policy Forum, Center for Individual Freedom, The Heartland Institute, Maryland Center-Right Coalition Meeting, and Maine Policy Institute.

CCAGW President Tom Schatz said in a statement:

“Earmarks are one of the most corrupt, inequitable, and wasteful practices in the history of Congress. As the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) explained regarding those who called for a return to earmarks in 2014: ‘The problem with all their arguments is: the more powerful you are, the more likely it is you get the earmark in. Therefore, it is a corrupt system.’  Earmarks are a lazy, unfair, and corrupt way to circumvent the authorization and appropriations process.  They are not a path to unity; they are a road to fiscal ruin for taxpayers.  Members of Congress must be fiscally responsible and oppose the resurrection of earmarks.  Thank you to the coalition members who on behalf of taxpayers across the country are joining CCAGW in the fight to permanently ban rather than restore earmarks.”

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.



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