Despite the new Democratic congressional leadership's promise of "openness and transparency" in the budget process, a CNN survey of the House found it nearly impossible to get information on lawmakers' pet projects.
Staffers for only 31 of the 435 members of the House contacted by CNN between Wednesday and Friday of last week supplied a list of their earmark requests for Fiscal Year 2008, which begins on October 1, or pointed callers to Web sites where those earmark requests were posted.
Of the remainder, 68 declined to provide CNN with a list, and 329 either didn't respond to requests or said they would get back to us, and didn't. (Find out how your representative responded)
Monday, June 18, 2007
Congress Disappoints on Earmark Dislosure
It's no surprise to me that my Congressman John Kline (R) didn't respond to the CNN request for disclosure of earmarks. He is part of the corrupt Congress led by the likes of Tom Delay, mostly now either in other employment or in jail. But it is very disappointing to read that Dems have not followed through on reforms: