The time is ripe for some real change. Never before in my lifetime have so many people been politically engaged and felt compelled to affect change in Washington. So I am asking you all to contact your Senators and Representatives currently in office and require them to pass legislation reform that will prevent ear marks (by ANY name) in the future. In my view, and I hope yours, all legislation should pass or fail on it's own merits, not because someone is "buying" someone else's vote or because someone is getting a favor for their state or district. I am also asking that you research how new candidates in your district feel about this issue, and ask them for a specific response on their position so we know how they will vote on this issue when it gets to the floor.
Make no mistake, elected officials in Washington have heard us loud and clear, and they are very worried about the future of their careers. And well they should be. Many are retiring becuase the heat has gotten to hot! If enough of us contact our Congressmen, they will have no option but to propose this bill on the floor for a vote. And when they do, we will know exactly who is part of the 'spending problem" in Washington. We'll know exactly who is unable to commit to a balanced budget, and who is and is not serious about reducing our debt and our deficit.
Who Supports Real Budget Reform?
February 5, 2010
It's time to get serious about reducing federal spending and we believe Republicans need to lead by example.
That is why Senator Jim DeMint, chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund, sponsored a spending reduction package this week that includes two common-sense budget reforms:
1.Ban congressional earmarks for at least one year so lawmakers can begin to break their addiction to pork-barrel spending.
2.Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forcing Congress to balance the federal budget each year.
You would think that these two common-sense solutions would be supported by all Republicans. Unfortunately, many Republicans are still addicted to earmarks and will do whatever it takes to keep the congressional favor factory open for business. And believe it or not, there are still some who won't support a Balanced Budget Amendment.
That is why the Senate Conservatives Fund is keeping a list of the Senators who agree to cosponsor both of these important measures. We're not going to reduce spending until we force Congress to end its earmark addiction and we're not going to balance the budget without a mechanism that forces lawmakers to make tough choices.
Please contact your Senators and urge them to cosponsor S.J.Res. 27, the Balanced Budget Amendment, and S.2990, the earmark moratorium.
We're also keeping track of Senate candidates who support these reforms, which will be a factor in future candidate endorsements.
These bills are a start, but they don't go far enough. Our country is in grave jeopardy, and the peril is worsening with each dollar our government spends. We don't have the money! There's lot's of work ahead of us America. Stay on course!!