Honorable Steve Kagen, M.D.

Wisconsin's former 8th District Representative

January 4, 2007 to December 22, 2010

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Kagen Applauds Ban on For-Profit Earmarks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 10, 2010

KAGEN APPLAUDS BAN ON FOR-PROFIT EARMARKS

WASHINGTON, DC- Congressman Steve Kagen, M.D. released the following statement in regards to today’s announcement by the House Appropriations Committee.

“I applaud Chairman Obey’s efforts to improve the way in which the federal government solves problems.  Today’s decision will further reduce the influence of corporate special interests on the appropriations process and create a more open and transparent manner of serving the people.”

The House Appropriations Committee today announced that it will not approve requests for earmarks that are directed to for-profit entities.  If this rule had been in effect last year, it would have resulted in 1,000 fewer earmarks.  Additionally, the Committee will establish an online “one-stop” link to all House Members’ appropriations earmark requests to enable the public to easily view them.

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