Earmarks: They’re (Almost) Back

Republicans in Congress attempted behind closed doors to lift a six-year ban on earmarks.

Earmarks: They’re (Almost) Back


By Don Kirchoff

By Don Kirchoff


We Say: Speaker Paul Ryan blocked an attempt by House Republicans to bring back the wasteful practice of earmark spending. However, a vote on reintroduction of such spending is likely to occur early next year.

Let your Representative know that you oppose Republicans’ reintroduction of earmarks. Here is a sample letter that you may want to use.


Dear Representative __________:

Just days after voters chose a new president who promises to “Drain the Swamp” and end cronyism, Republicans in Congress attempted behind closed doors to lift a six-year ban on earmarks.

Although the attempt failed, thanks to Speaker Paul Ryan, a companion proposal apparently is expected to be considered early next year.

Earmarks, a form of government waste and pork-barrel spending, were used by the GOP-controlled Congress in the early 2000’s to convince members of Congress to vote for bad spending bills. This MUST NOT BE REVIVED.

Please OPPOSE all efforts to revive earmarks.


Texas voters: Here is a handy link (Who Represents Me?) to connect to the websites of your U.S. senators and U.S. representative. From their websites, click on the “Contact” tab or link to get in touch with them. Familiarize yourselves with their websites–not all are set up the same way–and you’ll find simple ways to contact them via email and social media. Feel free to copy-and paste (or edit) our suggested letter* or simply write your own.

Don Kirchoff is a member of the SATP board of directors and a senior sentinel with Heritage Action for America.

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2 Responses to "Earmarks: They’re (Almost) Back"

  1. Salvatore A Apicelli  November 30, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thank you Don,

    I have sent this to Rep, Joaquin Castro. Keep up the good work,


  2. Alan Smith  November 30, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    We must be ever vigilant regarding the actions of Speaker Paul Ryan. It is important we let our representative know we should have a new speaker who is not a Washington Establishment elitist.

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