U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul on his Web site issued a statement in support of the Washington, D.C.-based group Citizens Against Government Waste, which this week issued its annual report on pork barrel spending by members of Congress.
"I applaud Citizens Against Government Waste for shining a bright light on this egregious abuse of spending taxpayer money by members on both sides of the aisle. I urge every American to read their report. Two years ago I took a stand against this broken and corrupt process by refusing to request earmarks until the system is 100% transparent as to the sponsor and recipient and until each earmark is subject to an up or down vote on the House floor. I am proud that my House Republican colleagues recently joined my stand for reform. Americans deserve a real commitment to stop spending their hard-earned money on wasteful special interest pork projects.”
McCaul, R-Austin, elaborated on his objections to earmarks in a story by Texas Watchdog posted at the time of the release of the Citizens Against Government Waste 2010 Congressional Pig Book. Texas Watchdog has also posted a searchable database of the projects highlighted by the Citizens group that are directed to places in Texas.