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Honorable Mark Sanford

Representing the 1st District of South Carolina

Sanford on Resurrecting Congressional Earmarks

Jan 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Mark Sanford released the following statement on Congress returning to the practice of earmarking:
“With the federal government $20 trillion in debt, it’s evident that Congress has no trouble finding ways to spend money. There is no need to open the floodgates to pet projects, which will incentivize more spending with less oversight. Indeed, with earmarks, everyone expects a slice of the pie. While an individual district may get funding for a special project, there are 434 other districts that are expecting and demanding the same. And projects that wouldn’t usually be funded by the federal government will get crammed into bills without the transparency and deliberation that usually accompanies the legislative process.
“At the end of the day, earmarks simply increase behind-the-scenes, congressional dealmaking at an added expense to the taxpayer. But in the wake of a newly passed tax bill, it seems like the focus should be less on how to spend more, and more on how to spend responsibly. Reinstating earmarks certainly isn’t the way to accomplish that.”