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One More Promise to Make

Posted By Conn Carroll On February 15, 2008 @ 11:25 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled

Many [1] conservatives [2] have already voiced their displeasure with the House Republican leadership’s decision to appoint Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) to the Appropriations Committee instead of Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). As righteous as conservative anger is over the decision, it might be more useful to look forward.

After Bonner’s appointment was announced, Congressional Quarterly wrote a story, “Path to Appropriations May Not Follow Money [3].” The piece noted that under former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), there was a pay-to-play system Republican members had to participate in to get on the Appropriations Committee. But CQ said, the choice of Bonner over National Republican Congressional Committee chairman Tom Cole (R-Okla.) showed that this policy might be changing. Unfortunately, later in the day Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised Cole he would get a seat on the committee next year [4].

If the Republicans want to credibly claim they are actually changing the culture of spending in their own conference, Boehner ought to make one more promise: to appoint proven anti-pork fighter Flake to the Appropriations Committee next year as well. That will be a clear sign to conservatives that GOP promises to rein in earmarks are more than just lip service.

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[1] Many: http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2008/02/bloggers_revolt_on_bonner_appo.php

[2] conservatives: http://redstate.com/stories/congress/house_republicans_arent_serious_about_earmark_reform

[3] Path to Appropriations May Not Follow Money: http://cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002668464

[4] promised Cole he would get a seat on the committee next year: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/boehner-tells-rep.-tom-cole-your-turn-next-2008-02-14.html

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