Following in the foosteps of their Senate counterparts, House Republicans unaimously adopted an earmark ban for the 112th Congress. Representative-elect Sean Duffy (WI) offered the ban, which was praised by GOP leadership. Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ), who has been arguably most vocal House Republcan speaking out against earmarks in years passed, was especially excited.
“Earmarks have become symbolic of congressional excess,” said Flake. “We’re not going to be able to balance the budget and reduce the debt by simply eliminating earmarks, but it’s a huge signal to taxpayers that Republicans are serious about getting the federal government back on solid fiscal ground.”
Representative-elect Duffy published an op/ed on the subject today in Politico, entitled "Listen to the people on banning earmarks." In the piece, he emphasizes the GOP's commitment to changing the way Washingtond does business.
House Republican Leader John Boehner, elected yesterday as the next Speaker of the House, said, "We hope President Obama will follow through on his support for an earmark ban by pressing Democratic leaders to join House and Senate Republicans in taking this critical step to restore public trust.”
This is a positive first step as we move into the next Republican majority.