Jeff Flake Seeks Position on Appropriations Committee

This is great news although Congressmen Flake will still be in the minority. We need a voice on this committee to stop the rampant runaway earmarks.

Congressman Flake to Seek Seat on House Appropriations Committee
Committee Needs Member Who Does Not Seek Earmarks

Washington, D.C. – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today announced that he would seek a seat on the House Appropriations Committee in the 111th Congress.

Congressman Flake believes that, in order to regain credibility on fiscal issues, Republicans need to demonstrate their commitment to reining in runaway spending.

“It is difficult for Republicans to convince voters that we have turned a corner on spending if we continue to use the House Appropriations Committee as little more than a vehicle for securing earmarks,” said Flake in a letter to House Republican Leader John Boehner.  “Wouldn’t it make sense to have at least one member on the Committee who doesn’t seek earmarks?”

Congressman Flake sought a seat on the House Appropriations Committee in January 2008 but was passed over for the position.


  1. Antifederalist says

    Flake will NOT get a seat on Approps. He’s already been stripped of a seat because of his opposition to earmarks and chastising his fellow Republicans for not being republican enough. With the re-election of Boehner as Minority Leader, Pence falling in line with those moderates already ensconced in power, the usual suspects filling out the rest of Republican leadership in the House, AND the Republican rejection of earmark opposition, MARK MY WORDS, Republicans STILL don’t get it! We WILL see further losses in 2010. START ACTING LIKE REPUBLICANS OR CONTINUE TO LOSE!

    In contrast, with NObama choosing all the Clintonista partisans to fill his cabinet, and with Waxman picking off Dingell for Energy and Commerce Chair, the Dems are continuing their leftward march. That will continue to keep their base pumped. Again, this signals further losses for Rs in 2010.

    I WILL be back to gloat after the 2010 elections. It’s been 3 election cycles now and the Rs just don’t understand that a rightward march is absolutely necessary for political gains. I’m skeptical that they’ll ever understand or recover now.

  2. Well, I disagree with all the above except the main point: there is no Republican congressmember more hated by members of his own party than Jeff Flake. They will make sure to keep him off Appropriations. They will give it to someone with more seniority or someone in a less safe Republican district who can bring in some money for his district to help him or her more easily win re-election. Flake is bored and unhappy in the House and wants to be in the Senate. If McCain had won, he would have jumped immediately to take a position in the executive branch. Flake is a complete do-nothing for voters in his district.

  3. If only all members of Congress were “do-nothings,” then this country would be in much better shape.

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