Upton Urges All Members to Join Effort Banning Earmarks
Congressman Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) made the following statement in support of the Republican effort to ban earmarks. The effort comes on the heels of a report released last week by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that estimates deficits resulting from the President’s record-breaking $3.8 trillion budget will amount to nearly $9.8 trillion over the next decade – $1.2 trillion higher than the White House’s initial forecast.
“The current earmark system is clearly broken and riddled with scandal - we must work to regain the trust of the American people. Banning all earmarks is a big step toward getting our fiscal house in order. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has stated that the President’s budget is a blueprint for disaster that puts us on the fast track to financial ruin. We are in desperate need of additional budget reforms, including the line-item veto and spending caps to ensure that we do not cripple the livelihoods of future generations….let alone this one.”