Sanchez Defends Congress’ Authority Over Earmarks

Posted March 4, 2009 at 2:04pm

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) isn’t about to let go of her earmarks, even as President Barack Obama is leaning on Members to trim district projects from spending bills.“I have a better knowledge of projects in my district than President Obama does,— Sanchez said Wednesday on MSNBC. “I can do a better job than some bureaucrat back here in Washington.—She defended the $2.6 million worth of earmarks she has in the omnibus spending bill, which Obama has pledged to support despite his plan to unveil guidelines for reducing earmarks in upcoming spending bills.Sanchez said lawmakers, particularly House Members, are close to their constituents and have the best understanding of what districts need. “That was candidate Obama talking about earmarks,— said Sanchez, referring to his campaign pledge to work on earmark reform.Asked if she supported giving Obama line-item veto authority that would allow him to cancel out earmarks in bills, Sanchez said that approach “didn’t work very well— under previous administrations and it takes away “a really important part of the Congress.—“I think he’s got enough power already, quite frankly,— Sanchez added.