WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, a coalition of 17 organizations led by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to reject the proposed restoration of earmarks being considered by House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
The letter was co-signed by Americans for Tax Reform, Americans for Prosperity, National Taxpayers Union, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, American Commitment, Taxpayers Protection Alliance, Taxpayers for Common Sense, Heritage Action, Frontiers of Freedom, 60 Plus Association, Alaska Policy Forum, Center for Individual Freedom, The Heartland Institute, Annapolis Center-Right Coalition Meeting, and The Maine Heritage Policy Center.
CCAGW President Tom Schatz said in a statement:
“Earmarks are one of the most corrupt, inequitable, and wasteful practices in the history of Congress. As the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) explained regarding those who called for a return to earmarks in 2014: ‘The problem with all their arguments is: the more powerful you are, the more likely it is you get the earmark in. Therefore, it is a corrupt system.’ Earmarks are a lazy, unfair, and corrupt way to circumvent the authorization and appropriations process. They are not a path to unity; they are a road to fiscal ruin for taxpayers. Members of Congress must be fiscally responsible and oppose the resurrection of earmarks. Thank you to the coalition members who on behalf of taxpayers across the country are joining CCAGW in the fight to permanently ban rather than restore earmarks.”
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.