“Drain the swamp.”
That was President-elect Donald Trump’s clarion call during the campaign. But now, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill is questioning just how serious Republicans are about it.
McCaskill, a Democrat, was reacting to reports that House Republicans are interested in bringing back earmarks, which the senator has roundly criticized over the years as secretive and wasteful pork-barrel spending that carries little oversight.
“So Donald Trump is elected president with a promise to ‘drain the swamp’ and the one of the first things his party in the U.S. House does is head into a closed-door meeting to try to bring back earmarks?” asked McCaskill in a media statement Wednesday.
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“This is exactly what Americans are mad about. Missouri’s U.S. House members and all House Republicans need to reject this idea, and if they don’t, I’m going to do everything I can to block any earmarks that emerge from the House.”
McCaskill’s office said she’s never requested earmarks and has worked to permanently ban them.