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Rep. Ralph Norman Reintroduces the Earmark Elimination Act

Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05) reintroduced the Earmark Elimination Act. The Earmark Elimination Act would permanently ban federal earmarks.


An earmark is an item in appropriations bills or large spending packages that designates money for a specific special interest group or project while avoiding the typical merit-based or competitive award process for federal funding.

Prior to 2011, earmarks had become a frequent source of corruption and furthering of personal agendas by Members of Congress. In 2011, Congress passed a temporary ban on earmarks, which every session of Congress has since renewed. However, earmarks have returned and have been used by countless Members since Fiscal Year 2022.

As first reported by Virginia Allen in the Daily Signal, Rep. Norman's bill would create a permanent federal ban on earmarks in the House of Representatives. This is the only way to limit the cost and impact of earmarks, as well as the corruption which comes with appropriating money to pet-projects simply to buy votes in Congress. With the U.S. $34 trillion in debt, Congress should not be putting taxpayers on the hook for frivolous handouts to politically connected friends.

This bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Scott Perry (PA-10)Rep. Matt Rosendale (MT-02)Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07)Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-05)Rep. Andy Ogles (TN-05)Rep. Bob Good (VA-05), and Rep. Victoria Spartz (IN-05).

This bill has the support of the National Taxpayer Union, Advancing American Freedom, and Heritage Action.


"The use and abuse of earmarks by Members on both sides of the political aisle is appalling," said Rep. Norman in a statement on Wednesday. "I will continue to reintroduce this bill to kill earmarks each Congress until others take it seriously. We owe that much to the taxpayers who we work for."

"Taxpayers are fed up with earmarks and special interest spending. That is why the National Taxpayers Union is pleased to support Rep. Ralph Norman's Earmark Elimination Act, which would permanently ban earmarks. Getting deficits under control should be the top priority of Congress and cutting low-hanging fruit like earmarks should be the first step in a comprehensive process to balance the budget,said the National Taxpayers Union.

"Earmarks have always been wasteful. But today, they're increasingly wicked too: funding abortion facilities, antisemitic groups, and organizations that trans kids behind their parents' backs. Bringing earmarks back was a terrible idea. Congress must pass the Earmark Elimination Act immediately," said Paul Teller, Executive Director of Advancing American Freedom.