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Issue Position: Earmark Reform

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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

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