February 4, 2011

Reid finally sees the light on earmarks

Harry Reid finally abandoned ship. A day after Senate pro tempore Daniel Inouye (D-HI) announced his support for an earmark ban, Reid "reluctantly" announced he'd support a moratorium on earmark bans, saying he "would agree to take a timeout for a year."
Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group, said appropriations bills for fiscal 2010 contained 9,499 earmarks worth $15.9 billion. Reid ranked eighth in Senate spending, having a hand in 168 earmarks totaling $267.6 million, according to the group.
With a diet so pork-heavy, it will probably be a difficult year for Reid to curb his appetite. It is encouraging, however, to see him come around on this issue and support an attempt to cut frivolous government spending.