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Appropriations Committee chairman Inouye announces two-year moratorium on earmarks

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Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced a moratorium on earmarks Tuesday afternoon. The action is essentially a two-year halt on all earmarks since it applies to fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

In a press release announcing the moratorium, Inouye said that while he supports the “constitutional right of members of Congress to direct investments into their states and districts,” the decision was made based on current political realities. The House already said it would not pass any bills that contained earmarks, and President Obama threatened to veto any law with earmarks.

“The handwriting is clearly on the wall,” said Inouye. “Give the reality before us, it makes no sense to accept earmark requests that have no chance of being enacted into law.”

In Inouye’s statement, he promised to revisit the issue next year, while getting in a shot in at President Obama.

“At the appropriate time, I will once again urge the Senate to consider a transparent and fair earmark process that protects our rights as legislators to answer the petitions of our constituents, regardless of what the president or some federal bureaucrat thinks is right.”

In the meantime, the Appropriations Committee is planning on sending a letter to members of Congress explaining what exactly will be defined as an earmark.

“If any member submits a request that is an earmark as defined by that rule,” said Inouye, “we will respectfully return the request.

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  • ladylove

    no not two years, forever. their spending on earmarks, to create monuments to each other, and themselves, is one of the reasons we are so damn far in debt.

    or for paybacks for getting elected.

    lets try posting each and every proposal for spending, so WE THE PEOPLE know where our money is going , and so we can decide which is more important, fixing roads or giving the Kennedy’s millions upon millions to keep their legacy going. when they have enough personal wealth combined to have done it themselves.

    or helping Micrsoft, build a bridge to connect two of its campuses together, in Redmond,Washington, so it makes it easier on them, when they have 20 billion dollars cash on hand.

  • barryaz

    who woke this guy up? I would love to see the definition of an “earmark” in that letter. Rest assured, they (politicians of both parties) will come up with a different political correct term for earmarks which coincidentally will not meet the definition of “earmark” in the letter. Congress continually believes the American public is ignorant and stupid; at their peril.

  • Drahcir

    No explaintion, an earmark is an earmark. And the “rule” was no earmarks.

  • Raycheetah

    A two year moratorium is weak tea. How about a permanent ban? =^[.]^=

  • derkrieger

    Is he running for reelection?

  • mojo

    Counter-proposal: You can have all the earmarks you like, just as long as they are individually voted on and pass. Otherwise, none.

  • teapartypatriot

    At last, one of the TOP PORKERS of CONgress gets with the program !

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