For years, I have refused to request earmarks for special spending projects. I applaud both the House and Senate for banning earmarks for FY2012. Eliminating earmarks is only a small percentage of our nation's fiscal problems, but I believe ending this process is a good start to changing the attitude in Washington.
Instead of handing out money through earmarks based on Washington politics and pet projects, we need full transparency and a fair system to fund justified projects that put people to work.
Updated July 29, 2011