Rep. Jack Kingston co-sponsored legislation that would have called for a moratorium on earmarks and authorized a bipartisan select committee to define an earmark, suggest how to eliminate last-minute earmarks to bills and explain the proper use of Congressionally directed spending.
And any attempt to provide flexibility on earmarks would undoubtedly meet resistance from a strong block of conservative House Republicans.
Longtime anti-earmark crusader Rep. Jeff Flake, who recently became an appropriator, said it was important to remain vigilant against attempts to weaken the moratorium.
The Arizona Republican noted that the absence of earmarks in the ongoing continuing resolution debate has helped Members make substantial cuts.
“It’s been so nice not to have that distraction and so we can actually come to the floor without the logrolling that typically happens with earmarks,” Flake said.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.