Today, Paul Hodes called on budget writers in Washington to slash government spending and pay for their unbudgeted pet projects. The Hodes plan will force politicians to cut the budget by the total amount spent on earmarks. By bringing these unregulated pet projects into the federal budget, Hodes will force politicians to decide between funding national priorities or their pet projects. Under the current system, earmarks are inserted into spending bills outside of the budget process and away from the public's view.
"Congress has created strict rules that budget how they provide for our veterans, yet their pet projects get a free pass," said Hodes. "In New Hampshire, families are able to create a budget and stick to it. We should expect the very same from Washington."
The Hodes plan will require that the federal budget be reduced by the total dollar amount of earmark spending, taking these pet projects out of the back rooms and forcing politicians to justify their spending decisions. Paul Hodes has been an outspoken leader on the issue of wasteful earmark spending, and has called for action to eliminate their abuse on multiple fronts.