Thursday, March 11, 2010

Long renews call to ban earmarks

In a news release issued today, Billy Long, a candidate for the GOP nomination for Seventh District Congressman renewed his call to ban earmarks:

“In Washington they have an OPM addiction, an addiction to spending other people’s money. The first step to kicking an addiction is to admit you have a problem. I believe House Republicans took that first step today by putting a one-year moratorium on all earmarks.

However, that is not nearly enough. When I go to Washington, I pledge not to seek earmarks. I will work with like-minded conservatives to ban all earmarks. We need to let projects be decided on their merit, rather than by a lawmakers’ seniority.

Missourians oppose earmarks. The fact that it took this long to ban them, proves that its time to send someone other than a career politician to Washington. We have a long way to go, but this is a first step.”


Anonymous said...

LOng has some xplainin' to do over his ethics.

Anonymous said...

...shut up Billy. You'll be right smack dab in the middle of earmarks if it pads your campaign fund just like Blunt did. Your party only "suspended" the practice for one year. After that, it's business as usual.

Democrats like McCaskill will force you to identify yourself when you sneak an earmark into a bill now. Before, guys like Blunt could sneak around in the wee hours of the morning stuffing his money making little earmarks into bills with no paper trail leading to him.

How about a permanent ban? Let's hear the Republicans propose that. Anything else is hot air.