Appropriations Deadline to Pass With No Blackburn Earmarks
"Let My Actions Speak For Themselves"
The House Appropriations Committee has designated March 19th as the deadline for Members of Congress to hand in their earmark requests for the FY 2009 Budget. Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), a solutions oriented legislator and original co-sponsor of earmark reform resolutions, will not be submitting any requests this year. Commenting on her decision, Rep. Blackburn said:
"Wednesday is the first day of what has become the great feeding frenzy known as the earmark process. The majority of my colleagues participate because they are dutifully tending to the needs of their districts. Unfortunately, many others are vying behind closed doors for wasteful pork. "
"This is not a decision I came to easily, but I believe that the process has been fatally corrupted. In my opinion, the current process has proven to be disrespectful of the taxpayer and of the true and valid needs of our districts."
"There are a number of 'earmark pledges' that I could have signed, all with different caveats, each with a different solution to the problem. I will let my actions speak for themselves, rather than let an outside group speak for me. Since I want to be part of the solution instead of the problem, I will not submit earmark requests to the Committee this year."
"There are other transparent avenues to ensure that 7th District needs are met and I will vigorously pursue them. When the appropriators consider the wish list of 'me too' requests, they are not going to find 'Blackburn' among them."