I just spoke with Kevin in Rep. Jan Schakowsky's D.C. office [202-225-2111], who promised to call me back, but only to confirm that she voted 'nay' on H.Res 1003. He said he would not be able to explain her vote. I know how she voted, I want to know why she voted 'nay' on a bill that would provide for earmark reform.
More info on H.Res 1003
UPDATE: Cathy Herwitt [ph] returned my call and apologized for the delay in getting back to me. Her explaination for Schakowsky's 'nay' vote was compelling, as I suspected it might be - as opposing as we are in our views, I thought this was one issue we would agree on. Here are the reasons her office cited for her 'nay' vote.
- Bill is inadequate: It is only effective until the end of the year; it does not apply to federal projects; it doesn't apply to tariffs or duties; and it only applies to earmarks adding during the House process, not those added after or during conference committee.
- The way the bill was brought to the floor allowed for no amendments.
Cathy was convincing in her assurances that the Congresswoman wanted earmark reform. Let's hope a bill comes to the floor that meets her requirements and we can get moving with transparancy.