U.S. Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. (GA-10) today spoke at a Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) press conference where the group released the 2012 Congressional Pig Book, the 21st edition of CAGW's exposé of pork-barrel spending.
Dr. Broun said, "I congratulate Citizens Against Government Waste for their fight to end this earmarking process. It's going to take the American citizens demanding constitutionally-limited government as our Founding Fathers meant it for us to shrink the size of government, and for us to go forward as a financially viable country. It's also going to be absolutely critical for the American people to demand that we pass the Toomey-Flake bill to stop earmarking as well as to stop the outrageous spending that's going on here in Washington."
According to CAGW's criteria, the number and cost of earmarks have decreased dramatically since fiscal year (FY) 2010, when the last Pig Book was published. The number has dropped by 98.3 percent, from 9,129 in FY 2010 to 152 in FY 2012, the fewest since CAGW published the first Congressional Pig Book in 1991. The cost has decreased by 80 percent, from $16.5 billion in FY 2010 to $3.3 billion in FY 2012, the lowest amount since 1992.