Senator Corker (R-TN) Passes Up Earmarks
Politico reports that Senator Bob Corker has decided not to request earmarks this year.
The web page where he previously listed his earmark requests for fiscal year 2011 now has a press release that says:
“I realize I am one junior senator in the minority, but given our country’s fiscal condition, I could not in good conscience keep my name next to any earmark requests this year,” said Corker. “It is not necessarily the overall cost of federal earmarks, which represents a very small portion of the overall budget, that poses a problem; it’s the process, which is fundamentally flawed and lacks oversight.”
Well, we were doing some oversight! But we’re fine not having to oversee Corker’s earmark requests.