On June 25, 2012, 57 members of the House of Representatives signed a letter demanding that Rep John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi keep the freeze on earmarks instead of restoring them for the 2013 term.
Mark Amodei of Nevada signed the letter, but surprisingly, Rep. Dr. Joe Heck, also of Nevada and my congressman, has not signed the letter. Not a surprise, Shelly Berkley-Dunce-NV refused to sign the letter, because, quite frankly, Berkley hasn't met an earmark she does not like.
The letter says in part: The past two decades have seen a significant rise in our nation’s debt
and deficit, with future increases scheduled for years to come. This
debt and deficit spending has occurred under both Republican and
Democratic Administrations, and Republican and Democrat control of
Congress. All Americans recognize that something must be done to address
our nation’s unsustainable fiscal situation.
That is why we
strongly urge you to resist efforts by some Members of the House to
restore earmarks in the 113th Congress. The American people spoke loud
and clear in 2006, 2008, and 2010 that they wanted reforms and changes
to the way Congress operates. They asked for changes, and the House
One of those changes was to amend the House Rules to
prohibit the practice of earmarking. These special interest set asides
should not be allowed to return to the House in any shape, form or
As the House debates our annual spending bills to fund
the federal government, we thank you for your commitment to enforcing
the current House Rules regarding earmarks, and urge you to reject calls
to allow for the return of earmarks in the House of Representatives.
So, I ask that Rep. Dr. Joe Heck sign the letter or put out a statement that he opposes the reinstating of earmarks to the 113 Congress. Thanks, Rep. Dr. Heck.
And thank you to Rep. Mark Amodei for signing the letter.
And Shelley Berkley is a lost cause, another reason why she will be unemployed come January, 2013, after she loses her bid to become Harry Reid Junior, err, when loses her bid to become U.S. Senator by losing to Sen. Dean Heller.
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