House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) announced this morning that House Republicans will move to shut off funding for nearly $500 million in hidden earmarks stuffed into the Democrat “CROMNIBUS” spending bill. Under the Republican proposal, this money would instead be used to support America’s military and enforce anti-drug laws.
Yesterday it was revealed that the Democrats broke their pledge to shut down earmarks in their massive $463.5 billion spending measure. In fact, their bill includes hundreds of millions of dollars for hidden earmarks – earmarks such as the $44.6 million for a Tropical Rain Forest in Iowa, and $266 million in previously cancelled earmarks going to the Department of Energy (DOE).
Nearly everyone acknowledges that the congressional “resolutions of disapproval” – non-binding criticisms of the President and his new strategy for success in Iraq – are nothing more than political statements. Now more and more Democrats are acknowledging it themselves. Roger Simon described the state of play in a Politico column earlier this week:
- “I have consistently stated that Republicans are eager to work with Democrats for the good of the country we were all elected to serve, but that we will hold them accountable for their promises at the same time.
- “I appreciate Speaker Pelosi’s willingness to reach out to House Republicans and work with us on this important issue.