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Boehner Won't Give Up Earmark Reform Website

Posted By Rob Bluey On February 25, 2008 @ 2:02 pm In Ongoing Priorities,Scribe | Comments Disabled

House Republicans aren’t giving in to order from the chief administrative officer to remove a website devoted to earmark reform. The site, earmarkreform.house.gov [1], remained active today despite an order from Dan Beard last week to shut it down.

House Minority Leader John Boehner is defying Beard’s order until he gets a formal response from the chief administrative officer, according to Roll Call [2] ($). A spokesman for Boehner called Beard’s decision “contradictory” because it reverses his office’s approval of the domain name last August.

At issue is whether the domain name violates House rules [3] established under Republicans in 1999. Beard contends that the rules prohibit the use of a slogan, and must be derivative of a member’s name. Using that standard, however, would call into question other domain names, most notably globalwarming.house.gov [4], which was established last year by Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.).

The conflict offers Congress a perfect opportunity to reevaluate its rules governing websites [5], which, at nearly 10 years old, are in much need of revision to keep current with the times.

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URLs in this post:

[1] earmarkreform.house.gov: http://earmarkreform.house.gov/

[2] Roll Call: http://www.rollcall.com/issues/53_97/news/22214-1.html

[3] violates House rules: http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/25/boehner-defies-order-to-remove-earmark-site/

[4] globalwarming.house.gov: http://globalwarming.house.gov/

[5] reevaluate its rules governing websites: http://www.heritage.org/Press/Commentary/ed022508a.cfm

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