Sending Office: Honorable Jacky Rosen
Keep Earmarks Dead
Co-Sponsor the bipartisan Pulled Pork Act (H.R. 4818) to prohibit the federal government from spending earmarked funds.
In the last election, the American people sent Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle to Washington to “drain the swamp” and hold government accountable. That is why we were shocked to learn earlier this year that Congressional leaders are considering
the return of earmarks, spending which by definition “circumvents … merit-based or competitive allocation processes.” With trust in government at a historic
low, and with the national debt at over $21 trillion, now is not the time to bring back Congressionally-directed earmarks.
Our bipartisan Pulled Pork Act (H.R. 4818) would effectively prevent the return of earmarks by prohibiting the executive branch from spending earmarked funds. Under the bill, each federal agency would identify earmarks allocated to them by Congress and report
them to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Any agency’s improperly earmarked funds would immediately be returned to the U.S. Treasury, and OMB would publish a list of attempted earmarks and the annual taxpayer savings resulting from the inability to
spend those funds.
For decades, earmarks wrought corruption and ballooned the deficit. Rather than promoting good governance, reviving earmarks would represent a return to political favoritism, unethical practices, and wasteful government spending. Our constituents deserve
better than to bring them back now. Compromise and actual bipartisan cooperation — not pork barrel projects — is how we should cut through partisan gridlock and do the work of the American people.
If you would like to co-sponsor the Pulled Pork Act (H.R. 4818) or have any questions, please contact Grant Dubler (Rosen) at email@example.com or Brad Ryon (Jones) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacky Rosen Walter Jones
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