Today, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) made the following remarks in response to calls for a one-year moratorium on FY2011 earmark requests by Congressional Republicans:
"Our nation is currently facing record-breaking debts and deficits while Americans everywhere are still struggling to find jobs and ways to support their families. In my home state alone, more than 270,000 people are out of work. While our economy struggles and debt deepens, Washington has continued to spend too much, borrow too much and tax too much. It is past time for this pattern to end.
Reforming the budget system won't happen overnight, but we can take action today to make a difference for tomorrow. Putting a one year moratorium on earmarks is a step in the right direction, and I am proud to join my Republican colleagues in urging Congress to adopt this commonsense, cost-saving reform."