EAST MOLINE, IL--Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the 17th District, recently discussed the issue of earmarks and wasteful spending in Washington.
"I have spoken a lot to the issue of wasteful spending in Washington," Schilling said. "I believe that Congress can use taxpayer dollars wisely through spending on infrastructure projects and investing in our communities. There are definitely some forms of government spending that are good for the country. However, all too often there are wasteful pet projects thrown into bills to pay off campaign contributors or to return political favors. This is the type of Washington corruption that the American people are sick of seeing."
Schilling argued that the congressional earmarks process itself is the problem.
"It's shocking what happens with these earmarks. Right now, the process is fundamentally flawed. Hundreds of these projects are tacked onto huge appropriations bills without ever being read on the floor of Congress. I believe that each amendment should be voted on separately. Perhaps these projects are worthy of the use of taxpayer dollars, but each one should be called to a vote. The way it is done currently is a disservice to the American people. It is irresponsible government."
Schilling has been a strong advocate for fiscal conservatism, and has promoted a platform of low taxes and less government spending.
"I think the American taxpayer deserves the dignity of having their dollars used efficiently. It's certainly not appropriate for a sitting Congressman to spend $70,000 in taxpayer dollars on a campaign mailer promoting himself to voters within a district. When I'm elected to Congress, I will be a steward of taxpayer dollars and make sure that they are used efficiently and effectively."