Congressman Dave Reichert is getting religion about earmarks. The Auburn Republican says it’s time for a change in the way Washington, D.C., does business. We suspect Democratic challenger Darcy Burner agrees. But notice how Reichert feels the need to remind everyone that he was a sheriff. Does tying that to earmarks seem like a stretch?
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) today issued the following video statement:
“You know, sometimes you have to do what you think is right no matter what the consequences are. That is the way I operated when I was Sheriff, and that is the way I continue to operate in Congress.
“That’s why I’m announcing today that I am going to voluntarily forgo requesting member projects, or ‘earmarks,’ in the spending bills for 2009…"
Here’s the video:
UPDATE: And here’s an Associated Press brief:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Reps. Dave Reichert and Cathy McMorris Rodgers are taking a one-year break from pet projects known as earmarks.
The two Washington state members of Congress say they will voluntarily adopt a one-year moratorium as a way to protest a system they say has been abused for personal and political gain.
McMorris Rodgers said she is proud of her record on earmarks, which she said have helped Eastern Washington business, agriculture, cultural and educational interests. Still, she said the system hurts taxpayers and encourages corruption.
Reichert agreed, saying, "Sometimes you have to do what you think is right no matter what the consequences.”
The Senate killed an amendment Thursday night that would have placed a one-year moratorium on earmarks.