New Congress Says “No” to Pork
December 20, 2006
The incoming chairmen of both the House and Senate Appropriations committees have created a plan that would eliminate $463 billion worth of expenses from the budget by removing thousands of earmarks (“pork”) inserted by members of Congress.
Over the past 12 years, the number and costs of earmarks have sky-rocketed to dizzying heights, with numerous outside organizations and factions of Congress calling for more oversight and stricter guidelines for distributing tax-payer dollars, which many believe will be forthcoming in 2007.
Along with legislation such as the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, Washington seems to at least be cleaning up the political environment that has left Congress with its notoriously low public approval rating.
CapitolWatch will continue to follow this initiative and make sure that Congress moves in a new direction that is fiscally responsible and transparent.