Yes, We Can Stop Earmarks: Will President Obama Oppose Senate Dems' Pork-Laden Spending Bill? |
President Obama today acknowledged his failure to end business as usual, saying Washington remains “about a lot of politics .. and big money.”  It doesn’t get much bigger and more typical than the $1.1-trillion omnibus spending bill out-of-touch Senate Democrats unveiled earlier today.  “All hell is breaking loose” after it was discovered this nearly 1,924-page monstrosity contains thousands of earmarks in what is being called a final feast for Washington’s “spending barons.”

This is one last meal the American people won’t go along with – and President Obama shouldn’t either.

House and Senate Republicans have listened to the American people and instituted earmark bans for the next Congress.  After we acted, President Obama said he looked forward to working with both parties to “end earmark spending” after failing to crack down on the practice as promised.  Asked two days later whether that means President Obama supports an “outright ban on earmarks,”  press secretary Robert Gibbs said “yes.”  A follow-up query – “He does?” – garnered the same answer: “yes.”

With that in mind, House Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-OH) has urged President Obama to oppose Senate Democrats’ pork-laden omnibus spending bill and announce he will veto it if necessary.  Here’s Boehner’s full statement:
If President Obama is truly serious about ending earmarks, he should oppose Senate Democrats’ pork-laden omnibus spending bill and announce he will veto it if necessary.  This bill represents exactly what the American people have rejected: more spending, more earmarks, and more big government.  Republicans strongly oppose this last-ditch spending spree, a smack in the face to taxpayers at a time when we’re borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend.  Senate Democrats even go so far as to plow more than $1 billion into implementing ObamaCare, despite a growing national revolt against this job-killing health care law.

The need to stop Washington’s job-killing spending binge may be lost on Senate Democrats, but it will be a top priority for the new Republican majority in the House.  We have already banned earmarks and made a pledge to America to end the practice of omnibus bills like this disgrace and cut spending to pre-‘stimulus,’ pre-bailout levels.  Instead of making reckless spending decisions in the waning days of the lame-duck session, Senate Democrats should stand down so we can get to work on cleaning up Washington’s fiscal mess.
We don’t have to wait until January to listen to the people and honor their demands for smaller, more accountable government.  This is a chance for President Obama to show his support for an earmark ban wasn’t just post-election me-tooism, but rather an indication of the change in course the American people are demanding.  As he said today, “my hope is that we're going to continue rebuilding a trust in government.”  Think about how much harder that would be if President Obama refuses to oppose Senate Democrats’ pork-laden omnibus spending bill and breaks his promise to crack down on earmarks – again.