Earmark requests due online today


I was just forwarded a press release from the office of Rep. Jeff Flake, reminding us that members have to post their earmark requests online today:

Washington, D.C. ” Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today highlighted the House of Representatives’ earmark request deadline for fiscal year 2010. Today is the deadline.

In February, the House Appropriations Committee issued a new rule concerning FY10 earmark requests: To offer more opportunity for public scrutiny of Member requests, Members must post information on the requests they have submitted to the Appropriations Committee on their official House website at the time the request is made. The Appropriations Committee will consider funding only those requests that have been so posted.

It’s not often that I praise the House Appropriations Committee, but they deserve some credit for this modest reform, said Flake. I just hope that all Members making earmark requests have complied, and that the Appropriations Committee strictly enforces this rule by not considering earmark requests that have not been posted online by today.

Here’s Rep. James Moran’s requests and here’s Murtha’s requests.

Are your member’s requests online?