As the House Appropriations Committee stands poised to make a former earmarker its chairman, incoming House speaker John Boehner throws his support to porkbuster Jeff Flake:
“I support Congressman Jeff Flake [R-AZ] in his effort to be appointed to serve on the Appropriations Committee, and I join with incoming Majority Leader Cantor in expressing hope that other reform-minded Members of Congress will follow Jeff’s example in seeking appointment to the committee.
“The Appropriations Committee will be the scene of much action in the next Congress as we work to implement the Pledge to America, which calls for cutting spending to pre-’stimulus’ levels, repealing the job-killing health care law, prohibiting all taxpayer funding of abortion, and bringing greater scrutiny to the broken spending process in Washington. These priorities are among the priorities of the American people, and the Republicans currently serving on the Appropriations Committee are going to need all the additional help they can get in working to ensure the priorities of the people are met.”
“The new majority in the House is determined to change the culture of spending and arrogance in Washington that has caused so many Americans to lose faith in their government. The commitment to changing this culture is shared by our members currently serving on the Appropriations Committee, those currently serving on other committees, and the more than 80 newly-elected GOP members who will serve in the House beginning in January. Congressional Republicans are unified in our determination to end the job-killing spending binge in Washington and begin restoring the bonds of trust between the American people and their elected leaders.”