The Select Committee on Earmark Reform
will be supported by a website, located at http://earmarkreform.house.gov
, allowing citizens to submit comments and suggestions for reforming the earmark process in Congress.
This effort was started by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
and Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA)
"The creation of this Earmark Commission reflects the desire of our Conference to begin the 111th Congress with a heavy emphasis on reform," said Cantor. "Reform is an ongoing process. The status quo is simply not acceptable. It's now or never to start to make Washington work again for the hard working American families, and this Commission is a step forward into the right direction."
The Select Committee on Earmark Reform website with the stated purpose:
"The spending habits of Congress – and pork-barrel earmarks in particular – have become a clear symbol of a broken Washington. With that in mind, House Republicans have created a select committee on earmarks to bring change and transparency to the process by which Washington spends taxpayers’ money."
Committee is to report back its recommendations no later than February 16, 2009
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