Flake: Pork leads to things like the Abramoff scandal

From the Republic:

In a letter Thursday to Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., Flake notes that it is clear that continuing media coverage of indictments, possible indictments, plea deals, tainted campaign contributions, etc., has severely eroded the public trust.

While some of what has occurred can be attributed to partisan politics, much of it cannot, Flake continues. We have allowed, and in some cases fostered, an atmosphere that breeds corruption. I am speaking, specifically, of the escalating practice of earmarking.

Flake acknowledges in his letter that the ability of a member of Congress to insert or earmark funding in bills for specific pet projects that benefit their own district, or specific institutions and individuals, is not new.

But the scope and scale of the practice today is unprecedented, Flake says.

Jack Abramoff reportedly referred to the (House) Appropriations Committee as a favor factory. No one who has seen the process firsthand, as we have, would honestly dispute his characterization, Flake adds.

2 Comments

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    rovefoundyellowcake Says:

    Ha! The “King of Pork“, Ted Stevens (R) is Chairman of the Appropriations Committee. If the Neocons are serious about stopping the corruption and pork they need to remove Stevens (R)

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    rovefoundyellowcake Says:

    Bush desided to bitch slap the congress and bypass the advise and concent law. Its such hard work. So what do our Republicans from Arizona think? Lets see if anything happens before the next election.

    Bushs decision to bypass the Senate in filling posts at the State Department, Federal Election Commission and National Labor Relations Board drew protests Thursday from lawmakers and advocacy groups.

    Under the Constitution, the president may avoid the Senate confirmation process and make appointments while the chamber is in recess. Such appointments usually are short-term, expiring at the end of next congressional session.

    But because the Senate held a pro forma session Tuesday and then adjourned, the White House contends the second session of the 109th Congress has begun. Therefore, the White House believes Bushs nearly 20 recess appointments are valid until the following session, which wont conclude until the end of 2007.

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