Rick Scott: Time to End Congressional Earmarks

At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., showcased his resolution “condemning Congress’ wasteful and reckless spending on member pet projects, known as earmarks.”

Scott introduced the resolution at the end of last month with U.S. Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., as co-sponsors.
On Friday, Scott’s office offered some of the reasons why he was championing the resolution.

“While American families are suffering from the highest inflation seen in forty years, caused primarily by reckless government spending, Senator Scott continues to lead the fight against earmarks and urge his colleagues to cut back on wasteful and reckless government spending that is causing inflation and making it harder for families to make ends meet,” Scott’s office noted.

“I’ve always fought for greater control of government spending and limited government, and that includes fighting what Washington calls earmarks. Here’s what happens: the federal government takes the tax dollars of hardworking Americans from around the nation and uses thousands, sometimes millions, of dollars on pet projects that only benefit a small number of people. In this broken system, Washington says: Give us your money, and politicians who live across the country will redirect it wherever they like. Americans deserve and expect fiscal accountability, not to be used as a political piggybank. I’m proud to join my colleagues in this resolution to put an end to this wasteful Washington practice and take a step toward fiscal responsibility,” Scott said.

Scott’s resolution was sent to the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.

Kevin Derby
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