My amendment was offered in an effort to restore a sense of fiscal responsibility to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill. It would have reduced funding for the Office of the Secretary and Executive Management by about $1.2 million. But just as importantly, this amendment highlighted the Majority's dangerous backsliding into secrecy on earmarking.

Fortunately for the American taxpayers, the Democrats caved under the Republican's united pressure for openness and brought the spending process back into the light. Thanks to this monumental victory, we can debate each of the appropriations bill with every earmark open to scrutiny-instead of shrouded in the smoke of backroom deals and shadowy slush funds.