The bar has been moved higher by another Democratic chairman, he said. The most infamous earmark of all came from this committee, and they arent going to be completely transparent.
The Appropriations Committee has proven Members can do it nobody died, Ellis said.
The scandals that were uncovered as a result of the earmarks placed into the $244.1 billion Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users in 2005 will live far beyond its expiration in September.
Two earmarks from that bill Alaskas Bridge to Nowhere and the Coconut Road earmark inserted into the bill after the legislation had passed have become ultimate earmark cautionary tales and talking points for lawmakers rallying against excessive spending.
More than 6,000 projects were included in SAFETEA-LU, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense.
Ellis said SAFETEA-LU was a smorgasbord of road projects that are very hard to track and understand, and extra efforts at keeping the current bill as clear as possible would be common-sense good government.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.