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Inouye: No earmarks through fiscal year 2013

Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii
Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel K. Inouye, D-Hawaii, announced today that his committee will continue a moratorium on earmarks through fiscal year 2013 appropriations bills.

Saying that even though he believes members of Congress can do a better job of allocating money than federal bureaucrats, Inouye said he was continuing the moratorium because “trust in Congress is at an an all time low.”

“Hawaii is a long way from Washington, D,C.,” he said. “It is simply not possible for a bureaucrat here in Washington to understand the needs of my home state as well as I do. Such is the case with all 50 states. Each one is unique, each one has individual challenges, and each one has issues that cannot be fully understood by civil servants located thousands of miles away.”

Agriculture appropriators have used earmarks mostly to direct agricultural research and construction money to universities and laboratories in their states.