Flake Wanted Stronger Statement on Earmarks

Posted September 24, 2010 at 9:36am

Updated: 10:50 a.m.

Anti-earmark crusader Rep. Jeff Flake said he was disappointed that the House Republicans’ new agenda did not include a specific stance on Congressionally directed spending projects.

“It’s no secret I wanted to see a definitive statement on earmarks,” the Arizona Republican said Thursday.

Minority Leader John Boehner said Thursday that earmark reform was largely omitted from the agenda because Republicans already have a moratorium in place that shows their commitment to the issue.

“Clearly, the American people are concerned about earmarks. That’s why the Republican Conference took the position of having an earmark moratorium for this year,” the Ohio Republican said.

Republicans banned earmarks in March as a way to rein in federal spending.

Still, Flake said he doesn’t think the earmark issue has been resolved.

“That’s why I would have liked to see it,” he said. “To the extent that we have put the message out that we’ve dealt with that and we’re not going to change that’s good.”

Flake said he wasn’t sure how Republicans will move forward on earmarks next Congress.

“I just hope the leaders stick with the moratorium,” he said.

Jackie Kucinich contributed to this report.