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Yesterday, House Republicans rejected a motion by Minority Leader John Boehner and new Minority Whip Eric Cantor to enact a short-term earmark moratorium only through February 16. Unwilling to give up their pork just for three short months, Republicans can hardly try to pin the Big Spenders label on Dems, like they did earlier this year.
Former Minority Whip Roy Blunt's words last winter sound more than a little hollow now:
"It is regrettable - though, sadly, not surpring - that Democrats have once again rejected the American taxpayers' calls for reform. Republicans know what our constituents have been saying is true: Washington is broken, and we can take a giant step to regain the trust of the American people if both parties come together to fix the earmark process.
"With our vote today, Republicans demonstrated our desire for change and our commitment to get it done. Democrats, unfortunately, demonstrated their contentment with the failed status quo."
If Republicans want to set themselves apart and show a "desire for change" they could start by taking the earmark problem seriously.
Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona understands the urgent need for oversight and reform of the earmark process and is once again standing up for a position on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. So, once again, FreedomWorks is calling on the House Steering Committe to Make it Flake and put this reformer where he can do the most good.