August 13, 2007

Earmark reforms

One mans pork is another mans deep fried tenderloin with ketchup, mustard, pickles and onions. The Club for Growth has compiled a record of congressional votes on 50 anti-pork amendments." Of of the fifty amendments submited only one passed in spite of Democrats pledging to clean up Washington.
Some highlights from the report:
  • Sixteen congressmen scored a perfect 100%, voting for all 50 anti-pork
    amendments. They are all Republicans.

  • The average Republican score was 43%. The average Democratic score was 2%.

  • Rep. David Obey (D-WI) did not vote for his own amendment to strike all
    earmarks in the Labor-HHS appropriations bill. Rep. Obey scored an embarrassing 0% overall.

  • 105 congressmen scored an embarrassing 0%, voting against every single

  • The Pork Hall of Shame includes 81 Democrats and 24 Republicans.

  • The Democratic Freshmen scored an abysmal average score of 2%. Their
    Republican counterparts scored an average score of 78%.

So no matter how you may feel about earmarks this is how our Iowa Representatives have voted on recent earmark reform legislation.

Bruce Brailey (D) 43/50 83%

Leonard Bosswell (D) 43/47 91%

Dave Loebsack (D) 1/50 2%

Tom Latham (R) 2/50 4%

Steve King (R) 43/47 91%
Overall not a bad record for the Iowa delegation but congressmen Latham and Loebsack got some splainin to do.

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