For Immediate Release Contact: Kirstin Brost
March 11, 2009 202-225-2771
Pelosi, Hoyer and Obey Announce Further Earmark Reforms
WASHINGTON – Today, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Appropriations Chairman
Dave Obey (D-WI) today announced two additional measures to the committee’s earmarking process.
1. Increased Executive Branch Review: When a Member submits a request for an earmark, the
appropriate Executive Branch agency will be given 20 days to review the project to ensure that the
earmark is eligible to receive funds and meets goals established in law.
2. Competitive Selection Required of Earmark Funding Directed to For-Profits: For any earmark
intended to be directed to a for-profit entity, the Executive Branch will be required to ensure that the
earmark will be awarded through a competitive bidding process.
“These reforms, when combined with previous reforms since Democrats took control of the House in 2007,
protect the integrity of the process and assure the proper use of taxpayers’ money,” said Obey.
Pelosi said: “Since taking control of Congress in January 2007, Democrats reformed an earmark process that
had grown out of control, spent too much money, fostered corruption, and offered no accountability to the
American taxpayer. We immediately imposed a one-year moratorium on appropriations earmarks in order to
institute new rules that provided for historic transparency and have already drastically cut earmarks. Today, we
are announcing additional earmark reform measures that build upon the substantial accountability and reform
the New Direction Congress instituted and provide for competition and an additional level of executive review.
With the inclusion of these new reforms, we will ensure accountability for Congressional earmarks at every step
of the process,” Pelosi said.