Congressman Chris Lee (NY-26) today joined with the entire House Republican Conference to extend an earmark moratorium into the 112th Congress. The Conference unanimously voted to extend the moratorium passed by earlier this year for the second session of the 111th Congress, which will adjourn in December.
"The Western New Yorkers I hear from want Congress to cut spending now," said Congressman Lee. "Washington needs a return to fiscal responsibility, and by stopping the earmark process we will go a considerable way towards reforming the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars.
When the earmark moratorium was first implemented earlier this year, Lee led the call in encouraging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to use the savings from the Republican's earmark moratorium to pay down the debt, which currently stands at more than $13.8 trillion.Lee was joined by nearly 40 other House Republicans in writing to Speaker Pelosi to enact this reform immediately.
"We need to grow the private sector and encourage private investment to create jobs, not grow the government and spend tax dollars we do not have," Lee added. "The government's responsibility is to work toward an environment where the private sector can succeed, and that needs to be the focus of leaders in both Washington and Albany. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to encourage more private investment in Western New York and more restraint in how taxpayer dollars are spent in Washington."