House GOP Elects "Famous Earmarker" To Chair Appropriations Committee
We noted last week that, despite their anti-spending rhetoric, members of Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) House Tea Party Caucus received more than $1 billion in earmarks in Fiscal Year 2010. Now there's more evidence that perhaps House Republicans just are not that serious about cutting down on congressional pork:
Yesterday, House Republicans dealt the Tea Party and conservative advocacy groups a blow by electing Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) to chair the powerful Appropriations Committee next year.
Rogers is a famous earmarker, and a lot of critics see this as a harbinger that the GOP earmark ban might not be as ironclad as they'd like folks to believe. But just how much earmarking did Rogers really do? Enough to be named "Porker of the Month" by an anti-pork pressure group just four months ago.
Citizens Against Government Waste saddled Rogers with the award for "sponsoring legislation that could give federal funding to his daughter's nonprofit organization, which promotes overseas wildlife protection for cheetahs."
Rogers has also lobbied for money from the Affordable Care Act, which he's deemed "socialistic." RedState editor Erick Erickson responded to Rogers' new position with an indignant blog post. "Did you vote Republican for nothing?" he asks. "It seems that way."