Last week, Republicans in the House of Representatives took an
important step in returning fiscal responsibility back to Congress by
self-imposing a one-year moratorium on appropriations earmarks. Republicans
supported taking this initiative because we understand that America’s fiscal
condition is reaching a crisis point.
However, it is not enough to simply stop seeking earmarks for local priorities only to see those tax dollars spent elsewhere, and that’s why days after House Republicans enacted our earmark moratorium I wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and was joined by 38 of my Republican colleagues) in asking that: 1) Democrats enact a similar earmark moratorium, and 2) Congress use these savings to pay down our $12.5 trillion national debt. To give some perspective on just how significant of savings this would be, appropriations projects for members of both parties cost nearly $16 billion in fiscal year 2010, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.