WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today withdrew his appropriations requests for fiscal year 2011.
"I realize I am one junior senator in the minority, but given our country's fiscal condition, I could not in good conscience keep my name next to any earmark requests this year," said Corker. "It is not necessarily the overall cost of federal earmarks, which represents a very small portion of the overall budget, that poses a problem; it's the process, which is fundamentally flawed and lacks oversight."
In a letter to the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee today, Corker wrote, "After further serious consideration I have decided not to make earmark requests this year. Please consider this letter as a withdrawal of all of my requests for congressionally directed spending for the fiscal year 2011 appropriations process."