Thursday, June 22, 2006

CCAGW Applauds Flake Earmark Amendments; Congresswoman Schmidt votes against them

Update: Congresswoman Jean Schmidt voted in support of each of the H.R. 5631 earmarks noted below (Roll Calls: 298, 299, 302, 303, 304) (Jeff Flake's Press Release)

Related: Congresswoman Schmidt is not walking the walk of her fiscal conservative talk and Jean Schmidt is off to a fiscally irresponsible start as the Congresswoman for Ohio's 2nd District

Press Release:
Washington, D.C. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today encouraged the House of Representatives to approve several amendments to be proposed by Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2007 (H.R. 5631).

If passed, Rep. Flake’s amendments will remove several earmarks from the bill, including: $20,000,000 for the Leonard Wood Research Institute in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; $2,500,000 for the Northwest Manufacturing Initiative; and $1,000,000 for the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium in New London, Connecticut.

Since May 24, Rep. Flake has unsuccessfully proposed 26 anti-earmark amendments, including 12 amendments to the Transportation-Treasury Housing and Urban Development (TTHUD) appropriations bill last week. House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Henry Bonilla (R-Tex.) called Rep. Flake’s efforts to eliminate earmarks “insanity,” questioning “what his brain is all about” and implied that he should “wise up” and “work on something else.”

The Sun Gazette reported that Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) said at a dinner on June 9: “When I become [a House Appropriations subcommittee]chairman, I’m going to earmark the s--- out of it.”

“Taxpayers, we have a problem,” CCAGW President Tom Schatz said. “When appropriators have free reign to earmark the federal budget, the result is corruption and waste. By challenging egregious special interest spending, Rep. Flake is taking a principled stand that will benefit every American. The rest of the House needs to rise above the intimidation and support the Flake amendments.”

All votes on H.R. 5631 will be among those considered for CCAGW’s 2006 Congressional Ratings.

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that many members of Flake's Republican Study Committee voted against him also. They claim over 110 members according to their web site. If you look at the roll call votes many members of the RSC voted against Flake's amendments. Why not attack the Flake's RSC?

June 23, 2006 at 8:35 PM  

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