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Eliminate Unauthorized Earmarks and Wasteful Spending!
Petition Background (Preamble):
If history teaches us anything, it's that attempts to reform "business as usual" in our nation's capital are instinctively opposed by most of those who are thriving under the old system. The bipartisan legislation targeted in this petition is no exception, with only 1 Democrat, 4 Republicans, and 1 Independent cosponsoring it thus far. Counting its Democratic sponsor, that makes a total of 7 out of 100 Senators --- far short of the 51 votes needed to ensure its passage. To make matters worse, the Majority and Minority Leaders are not among its supporters.
This legislation is therefore likely to wind up buried in committee, which is typically the fate for reform measures. That is, unless we the people speak out on its behalf. The more Senators we get to cosponsor it, the more pressure will be exerted upon the congressional leadership to let it be DEBATED AND VOTED ON.
[The petition below is intended only for the signatures of United States citizens.]
We agree with Democratic Senator Feingold that, "People across the country are watching their budgets in these tough economic times and Congress should do the same." We also agree with Republican Senator McCain that, "American families are suffering during these tough economic times, and it’s important now, more than ever, that Congress restores fiscal discipline to Washington and gets our financial house in order."
That's why we urge each of you to cosponsor and pass their bipartisan Fiscal Discipline, Earmark Reform, and Accountability Act as expeditiously as possible!
The Eliminate Unauthorized Earmarks and Wasteful Spending! petition to U.S. Senate was written by Tom Foreman and is in the category Politics at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: fiscal discipline, earmark reform, feingold petition, taxpayer dollars