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TCS & Earmark Reforms Mentioned by Sen. James Inhofe on Senate Floor

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November 16, 2010

Yesterday, while speaking on the Senate floor, Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) highlighted the earmark reforms that TCS developed with other organizations and lobbying interests. TCS agrees that those provisions would have been a step forward from the status quo, but the moratorium represents an opportunity to make giant leaps forward (see TCS’ own recommendations).  A moratorium is a means to an end. While in place, the moratorium will help concentrate the mind of lawmakers and staff to come up with accountable, transparent, merit, competitive and formula systems to allocate federal funding. They can work with the executive branch to develop the metrics and criteria, and then haul agencies before congressional hearings to make their spending decisions accountable.

Furthermore, now that Congress is stepping away from the earmarking business, they can increase scrutiny and transparency of the full federal budget, so that taxpayers know where their money is being spent and why.

Video below:

Full CSPAN coverage can be found here.

Other TCS earmark resources:

1. Preliminary Earmark Analysis for FY 2011

2. 5 Common Sense Reforms

3. TCS VP Steve Ellis discussing "The Future of Earmark Transparency"

4. Earmark FAQ


Filed under: Increase Transparency, Expose Special Interests

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