WASHINGTON, D.C. — In response to today’s House Republican Conference meeting to affirm a new rules package for the 118th Congress, in which the vast majority of members approved to continue the use of earmarks, Cesar Ybarra, FreedomWorks Vice President of Policy, commented:
“Once heralded as the party of fiscal responsibility, Republicans chose today to reaffirm the continuation of the bad practice of earmarks. Wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars on pet projects for lawmakers will continue to subvert the American peoples’ trust in Congress.
“In Leader McCarthy’s ‘Commitment to America,’ Americans were promised that there would be government accountability under a Republican majority. Yet, before even taking over the gavel, the GOP is undermining such accountability to fund projects based on necessity, opening the door for personal agendas and corruption. The House’s budget-making process is already broken, and earmarks will only continue to damage it. Whoever the next Speaker of the House ends up being, they ought to recognize it is imperative to change the status quo when it comes to how business is conducted on Capitol Hill.”
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