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.
Metroblogging LA wishes their elected representatives would be more open about the bacon they are bringing home. As a District resident, I have only one complaint: why can’t we get more? Why don’t I have voting representation in the Senate or House that can filibuster more cash for DC constituents?
Until then, let others bemoan earmarks. I’ll bemoan our lack of them.
This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs