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    'There Is No Merit in the System'

    Few members of Congress come to Washington to fight corrupting earmark spending. Usually new members come to Capitol Hill with the best intentions to help their constituents as best as they can … often including directing as much federal money as possible back to their district. Rep. John Kline (R-MN) … More

    Earmarking Pain Beginning to Hit Home

    According to the Department of Transportation, the number of Congressional earmarks increased by1150% between 1996 and 2005 and the monetary value of those earmarks increased 314%. While Republicans have a spotty record on the issue, conservatives have long fought their corrupting and inflationary influence. the practice declined some in 2007, … More

    DeMint Visits Bloggers Row

    ST. PAUL – Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) stopped by bloggers row here inside the Excel Energy Center and we pressed him to talk about … energy. Specifically what he thought about the Gang of 10 energy plan beginning to take form in the Senate. DeMint stressed that whatever the bill … More

    Only 35 More Shopping Days Left!

    DENVER — This morning at the Denver Athletic Club, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) predicted that Republicans in both the House and Senate would stand firm and not vote for any legislation that would continue the Congressional ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). DeMint stood behind a lectern … More

    Profiles in Courage: Medicare Vote Reveals Principled Lawmakers

    This week’s debate over the Medicare bill (H.R. 6331) ranks as the biggest battle over health care policy since last year’s bitter debate over the reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). President Bush, vowing to oppose any bill that would curtail the personal choices or benefit options … More

    Farm Bill Fumble Opens Door to Increased Opposition

    Opponents of the farm bill are digging in for a fight. A coalition of nearly 30 taxpayer watchdog groups yesterday wrote lawmakers pleading to reopen debate on a section of the bill dealing with trade. And two Republican senators have vowed to prolong debate despite the long odds they face. … More

    This Week in Washington: Keep Pork Out of the War Supplemental

    Here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ySXAXT2vaI[/youtube] Congress will soon consider a $100 billion emergency war supplemental. Some want to load it up with non-military proposals that have nothing to do with the war. Special-interest projects include unemployment insurance, funding for national parks and money for local … More

    Morning Bell: Why Earmarks Matter

    Despite “the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate” and promises from the new House leadership to cut the number of earmarks in half, it appears the House is on its way again to absurd levels of pork-barrel spending. Roll Call reports that member earmark requests to the House Appropriations Committee … More

    Earmark Favor Factory Remains Open for Business in Senate

    Earmark reformers in the Senate failed to temporarily shut down the favor factory tonight, losing their vote for a one-year moratorium, 29-71. Appropriators managed to emerge victorious after nearly all Democrats voted against the measure. Just five Democrats voted for Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) amendment to temporarily freeze the earmarking … More

    Morning Bell: The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

    Republicans who want to credibly keep calling themselves conservatives should think long and hard before voting against Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) one-year earmark moratorium proposal today. New polling by NBC/WSJ shows Democrats have their largest advantage in party identification in years, 47% to 35%. A big reason why the Republicans … More