Ending Pork-Barrel Spending, Once and for all

Senator Claire McCaskill
2013-02-04 14:18:35
    Dear Unity, This past weekend was Groundhog Day. And just like in the movie, I'm starting to get worried that Congress is going to return to old habits, and we'll be watching the same story play itself out, all over again. When I arrived in the Senate six years ago, I said no to earmarks, and started the fight to end them. We've had some success. Slowly but surely, we're changing the culture of Congress to one where members are not judged based on how much taxpayer money they spend, but rather on how much they can save. Last week, I reintroduced legislation with my Republican colleague Pat Toomey that I know Missourians support: a bill that ends the earmarking practice once and for all. When rallying support against earmarked spending, I've often found allies across party lines. In 2009, I teamed up with South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint to fight for a moratorium on earmarks. That year I also worked with Senator John McCain to make it easier to remove earmarks from existing legislation. I've also called on my own party's leaders to remove earmarks from Congressional legislation. All along, my message to my colleagues was simple-when we're talking about investments in America's infrastructure, resources need to be awarded based on merit and competition, not based on who you are and who you know. But predictably, some in Congress have had a hard time adjusting, and we're starting to hear rumors from some of my colleagues about wanting to return to the old system of earmarking-which is why it's all the more important that we pass this permanent ban. Missourians didn't send me to the Senate to tackle the easy stuff. They want their elected leaders to work day and night on the tough issues. I've never sought an earmark and I'll stay devoted to permanently ending the earmarking practice until it is completely abolished. All the best, P.S. As always, don't forget to connect with me via email, Facebook or Twitter.       Regional Offices & Contact Information     Washington, DC Office Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506 Washington, D.C. 20510 P: 202-224-6154 F: 202-228-6326 Cape Girardeau 555 Independence St., Room 1600 Cape Girardeau, MO 63703 P: 573-651-0964 F: 573-334-4278 Columbia 915 E. Ash St. Columbia, MO 65201 P: 573-442-7130 F: 573-442-7140         Kansas City 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101 Kansas City, MO 64111 P: 816-421-1639 F: 816-421-2562 Springfield 324 Park Central West, Ste. 101 Springfield, MO 65806 P: 417-868-8745 F: 417-831-1349 St. Louis 5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A St. Louis, MO 63112 P: 314-367-1364 F: 314-361-8649       I'm on Twitter, a networking tool that helps me keep in touch with Missourians -- read more about Twitter here. Keep up to date on how I'm working for you in Washington by following me @mccaskilloffice. Reach me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SenatorMcCaskill. To unsubscribe from Claire's Newsletter, please visit the unsubscribe page here: mccaskill.senate.gov/
Claire McCaskill | Missouri's Senator
   

Dear Unity,

This past weekend was Groundhog Day. And just like in the movie, I'm starting to get worried that Congress is going to return to old habits, and we'll be watching the same story play itself out, all over again.

When I arrived in the Senate six years ago, I said no to earmarks, and started the fight to end them.

We've had some success. Slowly but surely, we're changing the culture of Congress to one where members are not judged based on how much taxpayer money they spend, but rather on how much they can save.

Last week, I reintroduced legislation with my Republican colleague Pat Toomey that I know Missourians support: a bill that ends the earmarking practice once and for all.

When rallying support against earmarked spending, I've often found allies across party lines. In 2009, I teamed up with South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint to fight for a moratorium on earmarks. That year I also worked with Senator John McCain to make it easier to remove earmarks from existing legislation. I've also called on my own party's leaders to remove earmarks from Congressional legislation.

All along, my message to my colleagues was simple-when we're talking about investments in America's infrastructure, resources need to be awarded based on merit and competition, not based on who you are and who you know.

But predictably, some in Congress have had a hard time adjusting, and we're starting to hear rumors from some of my colleagues about wanting to return to the old system of earmarking-which is why it's all the more important that we pass this permanent ban.

Missourians didn't send me to the Senate to tackle the easy stuff. They want their elected leaders to work day and night on the tough issues. I've never sought an earmark and I'll stay devoted to permanently ending the earmarking practice until it is completely abolished.

All the best,


P.S. As always, don't forget to connect with me via email, Facebook or Twitter.

   
 

Regional Offices & Contact Information

   

Washington, DC Office
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, D.C. 20510
P: 202-224-6154
F: 202-228-6326

Cape Girardeau
555 Independence St., Room 1600
Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
P: 573-651-0964
F: 573-334-4278

Columbia
915 E. Ash St.
Columbia, MO 65201
P: 573-442-7130
F: 573-442-7140

   
   

Kansas City
4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101
Kansas City, MO 64111
P: 816-421-1639
F: 816-421-2562

Springfield
324 Park Central West, Ste. 101
Springfield, MO 65806
P: 417-868-8745
F: 417-831-1349

St. Louis
5850 Delmar Blvd, Ste. A
St. Louis, MO 63112
P: 314-367-1364
F: 314-361-8649

   
 

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