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Statement By John McCain On One Year Moratorium On Earmarks

March 08, 2008

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement in support of imposing a one-year moratorium on earmarks:

"Next week, as the Senate begins to address this year's budget, I will join with Senator Jim DeMint, in sponsoring an amendment to impose a one-year moratorium on earmarks. The American public has spoken: No More 'Bridges to Nowhere.' We should begin now.

"I call on my Democratic colleagues, Senators Clinton and Obama, to join me in supporting the DeMint amendment and make this a bipartisan effort to return the budget to a focus on genuine national priorities. And, in the spirit of openness and transparency in government, I call on them to fully disclose all of their earmark requests while serving in the U.S. Senate.

"I am committed to reforming the federal government. I hope that all those seeking higher office will support change in the right direction by taking action to rein in wasteful spending and begin to restore the trust in government that the American people demand."

John McCain, Statement By John McCain On One Year Moratorium On Earmarks Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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