On November 18, 2010, the House of Representatives passed a resolution banning the use of Congressionally directed spending for the 112th Congress. These projects, frequently known as earmarks, have been used for decades to allocate funding to meet the needs of American citizens, for example, to help the city of New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina. Similarly, the $20 billion allocated to New York City after the September 11th terror attacks was an earmark.
Congressman Ruppersberger believes the ban on all Congressionally directed spending is unfortunate. Responsible, transparent earmarks have been used to secure the resources necessary for Maryland to grow and prepare, for example, for the 60,000 high-paying jobs headed to the area through the Base Realignment and Closure Process (BRAC). Other projects supported our state’s larges economic engines, BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.
Members of Congress are elected because they are experts on the needs of their district. Without Congressionally directed spending, the decisions on how to spend money are left to government bureaucrats in Washington instead of elected officials.
You can use this page to search for Congressman Ruppersberger’s spending requests during previous Congressional sessions.