This Time, I Can Support McCain-Feingold

by Sal on January 9, 2009

in Politics

The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform was a complete disaster.  We have spoken with disdain regarding it on many occasions here at AOR.  The Hill reports that McCain and Feingold are partnering up again to push another reform-based regulation.  This time, it’s the complete banning of earmarks. John McCain (D-AZ) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), along with Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) are teaming up to ban pork barrel spending.

Russ Feingold, for all that I disagree with him on, has been a leader in the fight against earmarks, as has John McCain (so much so that he couldn’t STOP talking about them during the Presidential Campaign).  The Senators will first try to attach the measure as an amendment to The One’s economic stimulus package, pointing to zero’s constant sounding against earmarks during the Presidential Campaign.

As written, the bill would require ALL earmarks to be posted on congressional websites at least 48 hours prior to voting on individual earmarks, as well as requiring a 60-vote super-majority for all out-of-order earmarks.  While not perfect, this is a good measure to help begin to stop the spending spree the Congress is currently on, and hopefully it will lead to putting us back on the path to fiscal discipline. This ban against earmarks is one McCain-Feingold bill I can support.

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