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Thursday, April 06, 2006

PORKBUSTERS IMPACT: Fewer Earmarks Being Sought; Coburn Establishes New Web Site

Truth Laid Bear has some great sources on Capitol Hill, one of whom provided the Bear with some very interesting and encouraging data indicating a decline in the number of earmarks being sought by Members of Congress.

Go here for the numbers.

In related news, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, has established a new web site to partner with taxpayers in exposing and eliminating wasteful federal spending. The site is for the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security, that Coburn chairs.

"Transparency and accountability in federal spending have been lacking because Congress for too long has not given due diligence to its Constitutional duty of oversight. Federal agencies and programs often receive automatic budget increases year after year without anyone ever asking whether those agencies and programs have accomplished their goals or if they are even necessary," Coburn said in a news release announcing the new site.

"As the appetite for spending grows in Congress, the debt our children and grandchildren will be forced to pay back grows as well. In a time of unprecedented fiscal challenges, lawmakers must stop thinking about the next election and start thinking about the next generation of Americans," he added.

The new oversight website will feature the findings, reports and documentation from oversight hearings and investigations. The site also will feature a "taxpayer whistleblower" link, where citizens can anonymously submit tips on wasteful government spending programs.

Go here for the new site.