There has been some a Twitter about Jeff Flake (R-AZ-6) these last couple of days. Jeff is a great guy, the type of representation we yearn for (can we clone him 534 times?) and he is from MY congressional district. I received this in the email today and believe that we need to make sure he receives plenty of attention; why, because we want every representative to be like Jeff!
As you probably know, after promising on the campaign trail to eliminate earmarks, President Obama signed the omnibus spending bill this week totaling $410 billion, including nearly 9,000 earmarks. What’s more disturbing is that forty percent of the earmark requests were from Republicans. When will we ever learn?
This week, I also introduced my third resolution asking Congress to open up an ethics investigation to look at the correlation between earmarks and campaign contributions. While we were defeated again, please know that I will continue to offer resolutions on the pay-to-play connection between earmarking and campaign contributions until my colleagues in Congress agree that we need a higher ethical standard on the issue.
The San Francisco Examiner ran an opinion piece last Friday on my efforts to eliminate earmarks. I hope you’ll take a few moments to read it and share it with your friends and family members.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you.