Jeff Flake has an interesting idea: what if the House actually kept its own rules for earmarks? To help improve the House’s performance in this area, he’s planning to challenge every earmark with no sponsor’s name attached. Says Flake:
“The House passed a lobbying reform bill in May that required that the sponsors of earmarks be identified,” said Flake. “There’s no good reason why that policy hasn’t been implemented.”
No good reason, indeed. Another excellent example of the backbone so sorely lacking on the Leviathin of spending that has nearly consumed the Republican majority.
(H/t to The Club for Growth, which was a major factor in putting Flake in the House to start with.)