January 11, 2012

Rep. Amodei calls for more earmark transparency

The Nevada News Bureau reports:

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., said today he opposes the earmark process used to fund various projects around the country, advocating instead that state priorities for federal support go through a regular budget review.

“The problem with earmarks, when you look at them, it’s symbolic largely, because it’s not that it’s a huge part of the federal budget,” he said. “But a lot of them appear at the end with absolutely no hearings and they are in bills.

Amodei goes on to claim that while federal spending on specific projects can be warranted, the process behind it needs to be more transparent.