Here are Corker’s comments from his website:

Monday, May 14, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) made the following statement today in regards to the fiscal year 2008 earmarking process:
“I don’t believe there are very many Americans who have faith in the way the federal government spends their money, and abuses of the earmark system have no doubt contributed to an erosion of public confidence. I share this skepticism.

“The earmarking process is in transition, and I want to spend this first year helping shape earmark reforms and reviewing the entire appropriations process. For that reason, this first year our office is only requesting appropriations that meet the following guidelines: (1) Are in support of a clear federal mission; and (2) are explicitly authorized by federal legislation such as those Army Corps of Engineer projects that are authorized by the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA); or (3) have won multi-year competitive grant awards through an authorized federal program.”

So, at least he’s doing something about the ridiculous earmarking practice, but, unfortunately, it’s not nearly enough. While I praise Corker for at least taking some sort of stand against the gross overspending going on in Washington, I much prefer Rep. Ron Paul’s strategy, who “will not give in to pressure to vote for bills that spend taxpayers’ money or that he feels violate the Constitution” (Wikipedia). This policy has earned him the nickname “Dr. No” on the Hill. And I like that.

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