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Smith Calls on President to Veto any Earmark-Laden Spending Bill

October 10, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today joined 66 of his House colleagues in calling for President Obama to veto any Fiscal Year 2011 spending legislation which contains earmarks.

"Congress must pass end-of year spending legislation for Fiscal Year 2011 before the end of the 111th Congress. Signing a year-end funding bill chocked full of unvetted Members' pet projects likely worth millions if not billions will only undermine the trust and confidence of the taxpayers. We urge you to send a clear message back to taxpayers by vetoing any Fiscal Year 2011 spending legislation which contains earmarks," Smith states in the letter.

Earlier this week, Smith voted against a $1.1 trillion funding act which wraps the 12 major spending bills Congress failed to pass this year into one massive bill. That bill includes several unrelated provisions, most notably food safety legislation.