Saxby Chambliss: I’ll support the earmark moratorium – with exceptions

Any minute this afternoon, Senate Republicans will formally join House Republicans in swearing off earmarks in the federal budget.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surrendered on Monday – recognizing that a fight with tea party enthusiasts over a statistically tiny amount of money would block debate over larger spending issues.

Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss issued this statement on the topic:

“The American people are rightly concerned about reducing federal spending. Now that there appears to be an agreement to oppose earmarks, I hope Congress will begin a serious discussion of how to cut federal spending on larger, more meaningful scale.

“I have consistently voted for the elimination of earmarks in the past and will support the earmark-moratorium resolution today.

But Georgia’s senior senator left himself a glass case to crack open in case of an emergency:

“However, there are times when crises arise or issues come forth of such importance to Georgia, such as critical support to the port of Savannah, and the nation that I reserve the right to ask Congress and the president to approve funding.”

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GaBlue

November 16th, 2010
4:13 pm

HAHAHAHA! TOOOOOOOOOOO funny!

asdf

November 16th, 2010
4:18 pm

Chambliss: “Earmarks are bad and I will not tolerate them… unless they are for my district, in which case I will ask for them.” no change, status quo

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 16th, 2010
4:19 pm

Is it too early to throw my hat in the ring for the 2014 senate race?

Browncoat

November 16th, 2010
4:19 pm

What? He was trying to be funny right?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 16th, 2010
4:20 pm

We’ll call it the ABC strategy – anybody but Saxbe

Teearr

November 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

“However, there are times when crises arise or issues come forth of such importance to Georgia,……….”

And who decides on which ones are important Saxby?

Here we go again with the political double-speak.

R.Bino

November 16th, 2010
4:23 pm

“However”? Sounds like “But” to me!! The more we want Congress to change the more Congress remains the same.

Douglas

November 16th, 2010
4:26 pm

“Saxby is a conservative” my sorry white hindquarters! Humman Talmadge would be SO proud of him!

Did I hear that right ????

November 16th, 2010
4:26 pm

It is really time for TERM LIMITS. You either serve in the House or Senate … but you cannot go from one to the other …… After 2 or 3 terms, go find a real job and don’t you, your spouse or other family member plan on being a lobbyist for about 10 years after you are booted ……. Might not be a bad idea to MAKE any elected official put there finances in a BLIND TRUST ………. and make then abide by the same laws as everyone else and while you are at it … they have the SAME healthcare and retirement benefits as the general public. …… That should do as starters …..

TLamar

November 16th, 2010
4:34 pm

If you believe he want take any earmarks then I have some prime property in Hilton Head for $1.00 an acre. Any takers?

joe

November 16th, 2010
4:35 pm

Saxby you are a….you know what. Earmarks are NOT how money is distributed from Congress, you took an oath.
Don’t leave yourself an out on this like liberals do. You are either for them or against them. If you want to play in the gray area you are next on your way out.

Just A Grunt

November 16th, 2010
4:36 pm

This sort of statement from a congress critter is no different then that from the American people in general. Congress stinks….except for my congressman. A point the voters make every election cycle.

Get rid of the career political elites and let some new folks try to screw it up for a while. They can’t do any worse. Well okay except for Obama, but in reality he couldn’t have done anything without Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid strong arming all these pieces of legislation through while trying to blame Republicans. The Dems had the numbers and could pass anything they wanted to whether any Republicans voted with them or not, but they sure fooled people into thinking the Republicans were to blame.

Mike

November 16th, 2010
4:36 pm

Does that keep him from spending $225,000.00 for golf trips in one year? If it does he cant oppose them!!!!

Greg

November 16th, 2010
4:37 pm

Any reduction in earmarks is a great start.

Calling earmarks a “statistically tiny amount of money” is funny.

People complain that we can’t touch the big areas of the budget because those would affect too many people.
Then they complain that we can’t touch the small areas of the budget because it is too statistically insignificant.

In the meantime, let’s spend money in a drunken debauchery, play our fiddles and watch Rome burn.

Bill

November 16th, 2010
4:38 pm

Just lost my vote – he does not get it

ATF

November 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

Saxby: “…such as critical support to the port of Savannah…”

Especially if that support would help Sonny’s business.

GaBlue

November 16th, 2010
4:42 pm

Bill,

You’re two and eight years too late, respectively.

Greg

November 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

So, a bank robber shows up in court. His defense to the court is that the money he stole was a “statistically tiny amount of money”

The politican over at the Gold Dome chuckles to his constituent. Yeah, I pocketed taxpayer funds, but it was a “statistically tiny amount of money.”

The CEO addresses the stockholders about the corporate jet, but says it was just a “statistically tiny amount of money.”

Business Man

November 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

Way off the subject here Jim, but, it would be nice if the AJC would acknowledge the fact that a CMH was awarded to living soldier today. First time in 34 years.

Coastal Cavalier

November 16th, 2010
4:51 pm

My opinion is keep earmarks but change the rules. No more tacking them on to unrelated legislation. Let them be introduced on their own and identify sponsors and benefits and then a vote on that issue. No more “I voted for the main bill because it was important and the earmark was included”.

Einsteindawg

November 16th, 2010
4:55 pm

Ole Sax will support anything as long as it doesn’t require him to make a decision. Why didn’t he step up against earmarks 15 years ago? What a POS and a waste of taxpayer’s money. Georgia can do a lot better!

Afro-Conservative

November 16th, 2010
5:03 pm

This is a hallow pledge. If congress really want to reduce frivolous spending, get rid of the Lobbyist. They are the ultimate reason why DoD pays $900 for a toilet and $50 for a pack of AA batteries!

Saxby – bring home the BACON to GA!!! We need the jobs and tax revenue!!! LMAO

mark

November 16th, 2010
5:19 pm

stupid is as stupid does

Sick of Republicans

November 16th, 2010
5:22 pm

Has anyone ever known Saxby to do anything but double talk and talk out of both sides of his mouth? He’s even got Isakson doing the same thing – everything Johnny says is – Saxby and I – gee Johnny are you Sonny’s puppet or a man of your own convictions and beliefs?

Wallis the dog

November 16th, 2010
5:38 pm

Ragnar, you’ve got my vote.

Red

November 16th, 2010
5:42 pm

Since Karl Rove left, Saxby has been the little lost puppy. He has no one telling him what to say or how to vote. It’s tough trying to actually do the job people elected him for. Tougher than he thought. People were telling GA in 2002 not to vote this empty suit in. He’s never met a pork project he didn’t like. This guy is nothing more than a Southern Dem. And we’re just letting more of them fill the party. It’s a big tent but you don’t let those who just walk in the door run the show. This guy needs to be tossed.

WE have lost our way

November 16th, 2010
5:46 pm

Saxby,the people are watching you!!!!! You better not play the game as in the past.It might be your last term.

Frank

November 16th, 2010
5:54 pm

AmVet

November 16th, 2010
6:01 pm

Blood & Guts Saxby is a complete disgrace. As a human being and a US Senator.

Even by the abysmal “standards” set by today’s Georgia Republicans.

He has proven for years on end that he “lacks to the courage to lead”.

Mr. Thomas

November 16th, 2010
6:05 pm

I called Mr. Chambliss on his Leadership PAC back in September 2009. Here is his response: “Dear Mr. Thomas:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the Republican Majority Fund (RMF). It is good to hear from you, and I appreciate you letting me know how you feel.

The purpose of the Republican Majority Fund is to support Republican candidates during Congressional campaigns, particularly races which are competitive and the candidates need additional resources. The RMF has traditionally raised money through events such as golf outings, which, by their nature, are more expensive to host than other types of fundraising events.

All Republican Majority Fund expenses and contributions have always been fully and transparently disclosed. Every RMF fundraising event has been appropriately conducted, all expenses have been closely examined and all reporting has been accurate and transparent. This is a perfectly legal entity, and many senators have similar fundraising organizations.

If you would like to receive timely email alerts regarding the latest congressional actions and my weekly e-newsletter, please sign up via my web site at: http://www.chambliss.senate.gov. Please let me know whenever I may be of assistance”.

Like most ass hats elected to represent us it remains clear that you love to bloviate about matters none of the rest of us care about. I didn’t and won’t support you in any legislation that you claim to support. Hopefully, this will be your last term. You just don’t get it!!

BEND OVER, HERE COMES THE CHANGE

November 16th, 2010
6:10 pm

recognizing that a fight with tea party enthusiasts over a statistically tiny amount of money would block debate over larger spending issues.

Just how TINY are the tax payer funded earmarks?

Alabama Communist

November 16th, 2010
6:13 pm

More Breaking News On The Earmark Moratorium By 1/2 Tea Bag Republican Senator Chambliss,…..

But Georgia’s senior senator left himself a glass case to crack open in case of an emergency and said ” I would break the Glass Fire prevention Case only if the State Treasury of Georgia was in a overdraft postion if The Governor order a Pizza for the entire State to calm the food riots that are coming”

Einsteindawg

November 16th, 2010
6:14 pm

I don’t care if you’re Rep or Demo, if you want to see how your Senator Saxby has represented GA, just look at his web-site and note the legislation he initiated. I’ll save you the trouble…he didn’t initiate any legislation. And we think Paul Hewitt and Mark Richt has been stealing. Ga can do a lot better.

SBinf

November 16th, 2010
6:23 pm

Innumerate Americans….let’s say 100 billion a year is budgeted for earmarks (and that’s at least double any real numbers I’ve seen). Out of a budget of 4.5 trillion, that’s and nth of a percent. Let’s say what needs to be said, tax increases AND cuts to defense, social programs, and social security will be necessary to make any headway on the country’s debt and deficit problems. We’ll be heading in the right direction with people on both sides of the political spectrum are unhappy with the taxes/cuts.

BW

November 16th, 2010
6:29 pm

Is there nuance I hear Saxby? Primary his ass…get a real tea party conservative in there.

Greg

November 16th, 2010
6:29 pm

Mr. Galloway,
How much does the average American pay in federal taxes?
And, based on that average, how many Americans does it take each year to pay for all of the earmarks?

catlady

November 16th, 2010
6:31 pm

“I want NO EARMARKS (unless it is something that will benefit me or my family or my friends or my contributors or someone I want to be my family, friends, or contributors.”

Last Man Standing

November 16th, 2010
6:33 pm

Einsteindawg

November 16th, 2010
6:14 pm
I don’t care if you’re Rep or Demo, if you want to see how your Senator Saxby has represented GA, just look at his web-site and note the legislation he initiated

Sometimes I think that no legislation is the best legislation. I would favor a law that would force them to tale TWO laws off the books for every ONE new law that is enacted.

HL

November 16th, 2010
6:56 pm

According to Saxby it depends on what the meaning of earmarks is. If the port of Savannah needs additional funding then the ships using it, need to fund it. .

professional skeptic

November 16th, 2010
7:00 pm

I didn’t think Repubs were allowed to make amendments to pledges.

professional skeptic

November 16th, 2010
7:01 pm

All or nothing. No independent thinking allowed.

Paddy O

November 16th, 2010
7:16 pm

Saxby is a semi-RINO, he wholeheartedly supported the farm bill, which overwhelmingly supports big industry farms and, just like medicaid, fraud. However, on my list of items to cut, it would be one of the last, but before welfare programs, as it is still corporate welfare.

Common Sense

November 16th, 2010
7:16 pm

Folks, our founding fathers gave us term limits. It’s 2 yrs for congress, 6 yrs for the senate and 4 yrs for the president. Our problem is not term limits. Our problem is an apathetic and uninformed electorate.

Paddy O

November 16th, 2010
7:19 pm

SBinf – if I understand your numbers, that is 2% of the total budget. You do that every year, in 20 years you will reduced spending by over 40%. A good start. Billion is still a very large number. That is why Obutthead is a genuine clown – spend almost a trillion dollars, and his admin is proud that the GNP when up by 2.5% – pretty much a direct correlation to his expanditure, which means there was very little capital processing going on – which generally means little construction.

Paddy O

November 16th, 2010
7:21 pm

Common – that is a fact. GA voters decide to give business inventory a tax break in a very revenue weak economy. Dumb. They also decided NOT to allow GDoT to progressively fund a trans construction project, reallly, really stupid. But, we would vote for environmentally friendly multi-year agreements for government buildings. That was a whopper.

Chambliss is....

November 16th, 2010
7:22 pm

such a tool… politicians are such liars.. they will all find a nice warm place when their days on earth are over.

midtownguy

November 16th, 2010
7:31 pm

But yet he keeps getting re-elected over and over and over. As a Democrat I would never vote for him, it just puzzles me as to why a better Republican doesn’t run against him in the primary. Whomever the Republicans nominate will win in the general election so why do you Republicans keep nominating this fool? You can’t blame this one on the Democrats. At least we had the sense to get rid of Cynthia McKinney.

And as a friend of mine once noted “If it is in someone else’s state or district it is pork, if it is in your state or district it is an absolutely critical expenditure.”

atlmom

November 16th, 2010
7:33 pm

Term limits is NOT the answer.
Term limits give a whole lot of power to legislative aides – who are NOT voted for. So they NEVER have to answer to the voters.

The actual problem is the gerrymandered district. BOTH parties do this – they create a safe district – one for you one for me. And there you go.

Then the problem is the other side NEVER puts up a candidate because they are ’sure’ they will lose. SO FRUSTRATING. ANNOYING.

And the big problem in GA is that the two parties have conspired to make it impossible to get on the ballot unless you are a D or an R. And as more and more people are leaving those parties, those who are left…well, they are the candidates we are getting *sigh*. What we need to do is lobby our state legislature to change the ballot access laws (which is happening – but not quickly enough).

Sloan

November 16th, 2010
7:38 pm

Term limits for everyone. 3 terms for a Congressman and 2 for a Senator or something like that. Until political office can no longer be a career, nothing will ever really change for our country.

And Paddy O, explain to me why you think the farm bill supports big industry farms please. I know lots of small, family farmers in the Dakotas who seem to be doing quite well these days. And the farm bill also contains some very important and effective land conservation programs in it as well. it seems to me that it has a lot more facets to it than just supporting big corporate farming.

Joseph

November 16th, 2010
7:41 pm

Saxby is another Politician that has been into Politics to long. It is time to put him out to pasture and hopefully get some true Patriot to replace him. Maybe we can find someone who knows how to manage money and live within a budget. Earmark and “riders” that are written into laws are done so because they would never be able to get passed on their own merit. This is a big part of what’s wrong with government today and there has to be a stopping place somewhere…