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Earmark Requests

As a Member of Congress, I do not request congressional earmarks, and have been a leading advocate in the House of Representatives to reform the current earmark system.  I believe the current earmark system represents the triumph of seniority over merit, secrecy over transparency, and special interests over the national interest.  I was a leading voice within the House Republican Conference calling for a conference-wide moratorium on requesting earmarks, which the House Republican Conference voted in favor of earlier in 2010.