Sen. Begich Comments on Earmark Moratorium
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich released the following statement today after Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye announced a two-year moratorium on earmarks:
"While I agree we need to look at every possible step to cut the deficit, I don't agree with the decision to impose a two-year ban on earmarks. As I have said many times before, Alaska is a young state with many needs, and we deserve our fair share of federal funding to develop our resources and our infrastructure.
"I will continue to take appropriations requests from Alaskans, and look for every available avenue to fight for Alaska's unique needs, including competitive grant opportunities and authorizing bills through my seats on the Armed Services, Veterans, Commerce, and Homeland Security Committees.
"This decision by the Appropriations Chairman means it will be even more important for all of us to seriously consider what we really need, and then be creative when it comes to finding ways to fund the priorities of Alaska's communities."