Today, we were proud to join 31 other fiscally conservative organizations to send a resounding message to Congress: Don’t bring back earmarks.
We were joined by the National Taxpayers Union, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, ALEC, Americans for Tax Reform, Heritage Action, the Club for Growth, and many more committed organizations representing tens of thousands of members nationwide.
Wednesday morning, Politico reported on the letter:
EARMARKS – LEAVE ‘EM IN THE DUSTBIN, GROUPS SAY: Congress shouldn’t even think about bringing back earmarks, 30 conservative groups warned lawmakers in an open letter today opposing the idea of reviving the process. Doing so would escalate pressure to spend more, which then makes Congress more open to tax increases, said signers including the Coalition to Reduce Spending, National Taxpayers Union, ALEC, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Heritage Action and more. House Republicans are looking at bringing back the old pork-barrel practice, with the Rules Committee planning to hold hearings on the topic next week, and Trump sounded open to the idea in a free-wheeling meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday.
It’s hard to imagine a swampier action than bringing back earmarks. All taxpayers should be concerned at this possibility and urge their members of Congress to leave earmarks as they are — a cautionary tale about government waste and corruption.
The letter, which can be read in full here, was signed by the following organizations:
Coalition to Reduce Spending
National Taxpayers Union
Alaska Policy Forum
Americans for Prosperity
Americans for Tax Reform
Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Center for Individual Freedom
Club for Growth
Concerned Veterans for America
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce
Free the People
Frontiers of Freedom
Independent Women’s Voice
Let Freedom Ring
The LIBRE Initiative
The Maine Heritage Policy Center
The National Center for Public Policy Research
60 Plus Association
Republican Liberty Caucus
Taxpayers for Common Sense
Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund