Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) applauded today's announcement by the Appropriations Committee's to reject requests for earmarks that are directed to for-profit entities. Cooper has refused to request any earmarks for the past three years, and restated his commitment to ending this process earlier this month. Cooper had this to say about today's announcement:
"With America facing record deficits and a long-term budget crisis, it is time for Congress to lead by example. While this is a good first step, we must to do more to reform the pork barrel earmark process. I hope we can continue this trend of fiscal discipline and start making real changes to government spending."
Forgoing the earmark process is just one step Cooper has taken to rein in spending and reduce the federal debt. Cooper praised the President for embracing legislation to create a fiscal commission, a proposal similar to the SAFE commission sponsored by Cooper in the House. The commission would submit a proposal to Congress on how reducing the soaring federal debt. Leaders in the House and Senate have agreed to bring the proposal to a floor vote.