Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Marsha joins Cooper and Corker-NO MORE EARMARKS

Thank you Marsha!!!

U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) became the latest Tennessee politician today to say that she would not be filing any earmark requests, joining Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville). Wednesday is the deadline for filing earmark requests, and Blackburn says she won’t be filing any. ”Wednesday is the first day of what has become the great feeding frenzy known as the earmark process. The majority of my colleagues participate because they are dutifully tending to the needs of their districts. Unfortunately, many others are vying behind closed doors for wasteful pork.”"This is not a decision I came to easily, but I believe that the process has been fatally corrupted. In my opinion, the current process has proven to be disrespectful of the taxpayer and of the true and valid needs of our districts.”