Today, Paul Hodes released the following statement calling on House Democratic leaders to join his ban on all earmarks:
"Today's announcement by the leadership does not go far enough to end the corrupt pay-to-play system," said Hodes. "We don't need half measures. We need real reform. We have an opportunity to show the people we are serious about earmark reform and cutting our spending; just as middle class families are forced to cut their own. We were sent here to make real change in the way Washington does business, and I intend to hold Democrats' and Republicans' feet to the fire.
"Before the Easter recess, I intend to force an up or down vote on whether we should continue the earmark system. I believe that we should end all earmarks -- especially with the issue of corruption and pay-to-play hanging over this Congress. And, earmarks are a luxury we can no longer afford. Across this country, middle class families are tightening their belts. Congress should do the same."