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Rep. Kind Responds to Earmark Reforms

March 11, 2009
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) today made the following statement in response to earmark reforms outlined by President Obama and House Leadership. President Obama called for a competitive bidding process on earmarks to private companies, as well as additional transparency measures. House leadership instituted a review of executive earmarking.

“Abuse of the earmarking process has been a bipartisan problem, and it will require a bipartisan solution,” said Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI). “I commend the President and House Leadership for the reforms they outlined today. The President’s call for a competitive bidding process for earmarks to private companies coupled with the House’s proposal to review executive earmarking will provide greater scrutiny on both sides of the process.”

Rep. Kind has criticized the earmarking process in the past, forgoing requests in 2008 and introducing legislation to reform the process. Recently, Rep. Kind opposed the omnibus spending bill because there were extraneous earmarks included.

Believing that today’s reforms could go even further, Rep. Kind added:

“Now, I believe the final piece must be to ensure fairness in the way projects are awarded so that the most powerful and well-connected do not command the lion’s share of the money. Comprehensive reform is the only way to restore the public’s trust in the system.”