When Republicans took control of the House in 2011, we promised to rein in out-of-control federal spending and change the way Congress spends taxpayer money. One important step in that process was banning earmarks. The landmark change is on full display today in the House:
House & Senate Democratic Majority in 2009 vs. a House GOP Majority TODAY
- In March 2009, in one of his first acts President Obama signed omnibus appropriations legislation that included approximately 9,000 earmarks.
- In January 2014, House and Senate negotiators reach agreement on omnibus appropriations legislation that includes NO earmarks.
In a preview of the omnibus agreement, Politico noted that the most visible difference between a GOP and Democratic majority “is the abundance of earmarks … a practice both parties used to get votes in the past but has been banned since House Republicans came to power in 2011.” Indeed, Republicans have listened to the American people and kept their promise to end business as usual in Washington.