Congressman Thomas J. Rooney

Representing the 17th District of Florida

Rooney Praises Trump’s Support of Limited Earmarks

Jan 9, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Tom Rooney (FL-17) praised President Donald Trump for his remarks during a White House meeting today in which he called on Congress to consider reviving earmarks as a means to improve productivity and civility on Capitol Hill. Since 2016, Rooney has advocated for the House and President Trump to support his proposal to establish a limited exception to the earmark ban to give Congress greater control over funding for critical water infrastructure projects across the country.

“I am extremely encouraged by President Trump’s comments today in which he urged lawmakers in both parties to consider bringing back a reformed system of earmarks,” Rooney said. “Last March, I wrote to President Trump asking that he consider my proposal – a bill called the REPAIR Act – as a practical solution to expedite investments in our country’s aging water infrastructure by establishing limited exceptions to the earmark ban. Back in November of 2016, I offered this proposal as an amendment to our Conference rules in order to allow us to direct money to underfunded Army Corps projects in our districts. While this hasn’t been a popular crusade here in Washington, I have received overwhelming support from people back home in Florida who expect me – not unelected bureaucrats – to make sure their tax dollars are invested in important programs and projects in their communities. I am glad that President Trump recognizes the practical benefits of restoring earmarks in a limited and transparent way and I hope that the House takes up my bill to do so in 2018.”

At meeting at the White House today with a group of lawmakers, President Trump suggested that Congress “should think about going back to a form of earmarks” in order to help restore some of the bipartisanship on Capitol Hill. On March 10, 2017, Rooney sent a letter to President Donald Trump proposing a common-sense solution to accelerate federal investments in the country’s aging infrastructure. On May 3, 2017, Rooney introduced the “Responsible Environmental Preservation and American Infrastructure Restoration Act,” or the REPAIR Act which would allow Congress to direct funding to vetted water resources development projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation.

The REPAIR Act is endorsed by a number of organizations including: the Florida Association of Counties, The Everglades Foundation, Florida Ports Council, American Sportfishing Association, Florida Public Transportation Association, Florida Transportation Builders' Association Inc, Charlotte County Florida, Sarasota County Florida, Broward County, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, American Sportfishing Association, Northern Everglades Alliance, Glades County Florida, Okeechobee County Florida, Polk County, Dry-Redwater Regional Water Authority, Central Montana Regional Water Authority, Florida Rural Water Association, Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida, Inc., Audubon Florida

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