Monkey see as monkey do? Not when it comes to the Tea Party Caucus and earmarks.
“Members of the Congressional Tea Party Caucus may tout their commitment to cutting government spending now, but they used the 111th Congress to request hundreds of earmarks that, taken cumulatively, added more than $1 billion to the federal budget,” according to Hotline On Call.
The 52 members of the caucus requested a total of 764 earmarks valued at $1.1 billion during Fiscal Year 2010, the last year for which records are available, according to the report.
“It’s disturbing to see the Tea Party Caucus requested that much in earmarks. This is their time to put up or shut up, to be blunt,” David Williams, vice president for policy at Citizens Against Government Waste, told the National Journal’s HotlineOnCall. “There’s going to be a huge backlash if they continue to request earmarks.”
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