U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) today issued a statement in support of banning earmarks during the 112th Session of Congress. Senate Republicans who will serve in the next session of Congress are scheduled to vote on the proposed rule change next Tuesday.
Senator LeMieux said:
"Next Tuesday, members of the next session of Congress will vote on whether to continue the ban on earmarks. While I will not take part in that vote, I strongly urge members to approve the ban and focus on ways to shrink government, end deficit spending, and pay down the national debt. Democrats should follow suit.
"When Washington's deficit spending is more than a trillion dollars a year and our national debt is rapidly approaching $14 trillion, it's well past time for Congress to change its ways. Even though they are only a fraction of the budget, earmarks drive up support for bills that are five, ten or twenty percent more than last year's spending. During my time in the Senate, I have refused to earmark special projects because our nation cannot afford the lard and debt lawmakers have racked up over the past few decades."