The top conservative group Club for Growth on Tuesday came out against President Trump’s call for Congress to consider bringing back earmarks.
“If Republicans bring back earmarks, then it virtually guarantees that they will lose the House,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said in a statement.
“Bringing back earmarks is the antithesis of draining the swamp. Earmarks will only benefit the special interests that grow government at the expense of working men and women.”
Trump told a group of roughly two dozen lawmakers at the White House Tuesday that Congress should consider bringing back earmarks to help solve the “out of control” levels of “hatred” among Republicans and Democrats.
“Maybe we should think about it,” Trump said.
“Maybe all of you should think about going back to a form of earmarks. You should do it.”
The Hill added:
Former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) banned earmarks, which have been derided as pork-barrel spending, after Republicans retook the House in 2010.
But House Republicans are debating whether to bring back earmarks, even as some blast them as a symbol of the Washington establishment that Trump campaigned against.