WASHINGTON (CNN) — Members of Congress won’t be allowed to slip earmarks into the economic recovery package Congress will soon take up, President-elect Barack Obama said Tuesday.
“We are going to ban all earmarks, the process by which individual members insert pet projects without review,” Obama told reporters after a meeting with his economic advisers.
Obama said that getting a handle on the country’s skyrocketing budget deficit must begin with the economic stimulus plan, and that the plan must include changes in the way Congress does business.
“We’re going to be investing an extraordinary amount of money to jump-start our economy, save or create 3 million new jobs, mostly in the private sector, and lay a solid foundation for future growth,” he said. “But we’re not going to be able to expect the American people to support this critical effort unless we take extraordinary steps to ensure that the investments are made wisely and managed well.”