I've always been very outspoken about transparency in the earmark process on the Appropriations Committee. I think members should be prepared to stand by their proposals, and that should be comprehensive for all committees.

I still believe in transparency on all committees. I pushed for that and advocated for that. When it comes time to vote, though, after fighting the good fight, you vote on what's before you. It's not perfect and it's not for all committees, but it is transparency -- and that should be the goal for all members.