CAGW REACTS TO INOUYE’S STATEMENT | Citizens Against Government Waste


Press Release

For Immediate Release:
January 26, 2011
Contact: Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5334
Luke Gelber 202.467.5318

 (Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today issued a statement expressing its enthusiastic support for Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye’s (D-Hawaii) pledge to enforce a two-year moratorium on earmarks. 

“We were excited when the President promised to veto earmarked bills in his State of the Union address, and we are thrilled to learn that Senator Inouye was listening,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz.  “Several members of Congress have expressed displeasure with Obama’s announcement, so it is a relief to discover that Mr. Inouye will enforce it.” 

Inouye’s Feb. 1 statement read in part: “The handwriting is clearly on the wall.  The President has stated unequivocally that he will veto any legislation containing earmarks … If any member submits a request that is an earmark as defined by [rule XLIV (44)], we will respectfully return the request.”  As the President Pro Tempore of the United States, Sen. Inouye’s declaration should be taken seriously. 

“CAGW has championed the elimination of earmarks for 22 years and the eradication of earmarks is a victory for all taxpayers, one that will shave $8.6 billion off our nation’s bloated budget,” added Schatz.

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.

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