After the House Republican Conference passed a unilateral ban on earmarks today, members of the Conference vocalized their support. See some of that here:
Rep. Doc Hastings (WA):
I believe elected Representatives are often better able to judge the merits of projects in their local communities than are unelected government bureaucrats, but real reform must be put in place that allows wasteful earmarks to be weeded out from legitimate funding decisions by Congress. This moratorium is the right course of action and I will not be requesting any earmarks this year. The record-setting deficits and out-of-control spending unleashed by this Democrat Congress under President Obama have clearly shown the current process is broken and reforms are needed to ensure spending control and greater transparency and accountability to American taxpayers.
Rep. Steve King (IA):
Americans have rejected amnesty in 2006 and 2007, and they will reject it again if the Obama Administration tries to force it upon them. It is wrong to reward immigration law breakers.
If President Obama is serious about addressing the immigration issue, he needs to focus on the millions of Americans who are out of work or worried about losing their jobs. This is the time for the Obama Administration to accelerate enforcement of immigration laws to make room for unemployed Americans, not grant amnesty. We must not reward lawbreakers at the expense of hard-working and smart-working Americans.
Rep. Paul Broun, M.D. (GA):
I applaud my Republican colleagues for taking the first, small step to restore fiscal discipline and change the way Washington spends the American people’s money. While families are struggling to make ends meet, they should not be forced to pay the price for other people’s pork,” said Broun. “President Barack Obama continuously touts the need to reform the earmark process, so I urge my Democrat colleagues to follow our lead and turn their rhetoric into reality. We must use this as a stepping stone to reform the broken, budgetary process.
Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO):
The American people are telling us to stop this ridiculous and oppressive spending spree that Congress has been engaged in and get serious about tackling our nation’s ballooning deficit, and I am listening,” Luetkemeyer said. “One way to rein in wasteful spending is to prohibit earmarks. I have not requested earmarks and will continue to look for other avenues to get control of the reckless spending in Washington.
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE):
Americans are highly cynical of the spending process in Congress,” said Fortenberry. "Some approved congressional earmarks have been indefensible, while others have circumvented the rules or have been more appropriately the domain of the private sector or other divisions of government. While I believe lawmakers should have a role in directing funds to institutions serving a high public purpose, it is time for Congress to step back and, for the good of the country, fix this flawed system.