Rep. DeFazio is the January Porker of the Month.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has named House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) Porker of the Month for making irresponsible comments in support of self-serving, special interest earmarks.

At an event in Washington on December 5, Chairman DeFazio called the congressional moratorium on earmarks, “nonsensical,” and suggested that it is impeding necessary transportation projects.


However, he conveniently overlooks that the process for approving transportation projects is based on merit and need and that earmarking elevates low-priority projects over higher-priority, non-earmarked projects, as chronicled by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

Since 1991, CAGW has documented that members of Congress have squandered $344.5 billion on earmarks for wasteful pork-barrel projects and that earmarks create rampant corruption.

Neglecting this sordid history, many House Democrats are now fighting to lift the moratorium on earmarks that has been in place since 2011, with Rep. DeFazio one of the very loudest supporters.

For defending one of Congress’ most wasteful and corrupt practices, Rep. DeFazio is the January Porker of the Month.

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