Return of Fiscal Responsibility?

by Sal on February 2, 2006

in Politics

Sens. Coburn and McCain have sent a letter to their Senate colleagues stating that they will invoke Senate rules this year to force every single earmark proposal (an earmark is basically a pork-barrel spending project that a Senator inserts into a bill to benefit his or her own district, such as the famous now-defunct Bridge to Nowhere ($315 million) or the Visitor’s Center in RI on I-295 north ($7 million)).

Although this is only a first step in reforming the earmark process, this could help to finally bring fiscal discipline to the Senate. Kudos to both Coburn and McCain.

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