CGAW Names Seven Freshman Senators as Porkers of the Month

Those who voted for Democrats in the november elections because they felt that Democrats would offer more transparency and accountability in federal spending should be really upset with these 7 new Senators. Democrats who campaigned on increased accountability in congressional spending demonstrated full well that it was nothing more than campaign rhetoric.

Washington, D.C. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named freshman Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) Porkers of the Month for voting to table, or kill, an amendment to strengthen earmark provisions in the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007 (S. 1)

The original definition of “earmark” in S. 1, the Senate’s ethics reform package, covered only about 5 percent of projects, making it an impotent reform. Sponsored by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), S. Amdt. 11 broadened the definition of “earmark” to include projects in report language and those for federal agencies. Sen. DeMint based his definition of “earmark” on the House rules changes passed on January 4 under Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defended the Senate language on the grounds that his staff had worked really hard at it and the House did not know what it was doing.

The Senate rejected Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s (D-Ill.) motion to table the DeMint amendment by a vote of 46-51. The other three Senate freshmen, Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.), voted against Sen. Durbin and with Sen. DeMint. By voting to kill the DeMint amendment, the seven Porkers were voting for the status quo and against transparency and accountability.

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