Jan 9, 2018 Issues: Budget Spending and Taxes

WASHINGTON, DC – This afternoon, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) spoke out strongly against the prospect of Congress bringing back pork barrel spending, commonly known as earmarks.  After numerous scandals over many years, including some members of Congress being convicted and sent to prison for corruption, the House of Representatives and Senate banned earmarks in January, 2011.  Congressional leaders are now reportedly considering ways to bring them back, and Congressman Jones issued the following statement in response:

“Nothing will fill the swamp faster than going back to earmarks,” said Congressman Jones.  “It is astonishing to me that this is even being discussed. I saw with my own eyes the corruption and fiscal irresponsibility wrought by earmarks.  Members of Congress went to jail because of earmarks.  Deficits ballooned because of earmarks.  The problems on Capitol Hill are many.  Returning to pork barrel spending will make them all worse.” 

Congressman Jones – a deficit hawk and strong proponent of ethics in governance – has been a long-time advocate for ending earmarks.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at or (202) 225-3415.