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Steven Sauerberg on Government Reform

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End the era of mismanagement by the career politicians

The guilty verdict in the trial of Tony Rezko is an indictment of the broken processes in Springfield & Washington. Career politicians like Dick Durbin have allowed our political and legislative processes to be corrupted by lobbyists & special interests. The current leadership is ethically & morally bankrupt, and it is time to clean house. It is time to end the era of mismanagement by the career politicians and it is time to restore the American people's faith in our government and our elected leaders.
Source: Press Release, "The Rezko Corruption Verdict" Jun 5, 2008

One year moratorium on wasteful earmarks

"The career politicians like Dick Durbin are addicted to wasteful pork barrel spending, and its time for them to kick the habit," said Steve Sauerberg. "Dick Durbin should support common sense efforts to enact a one year moratorium on wasteful earmark spending in the U.S. Senate."

An amendment to the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget would impose a year-long moratorium on congressional earmarks. "Last year, Dick Durbin and his friends in Congress passed out nearly 12,000 earmarks that cost the American taxpayer more than $17 billion," continued Sauerberg. "It is time to end this shameful special interest shell game."

Senator Durbin has one of the worst records in the Senate on controlling wasteful spending. "It is time to end politics as usual in Washington. It is time for our leaders in Washington to take steps to restore the faith and confidence of the American people," concluded Sauerberg. "A critical first step on this path is supporting this common sense one year ban on wasteful earmarks."

Source: Press Release, "Kick the Habit" Feb 28, 2008

Use Executive Orders to cancel Congressional earmarks

Steve Sauerberg urged Pres. Bush to keep his pledge to reign in pork barrel spending. "It's time that the career politicians stop talking about controlling spending and start doing something about it," said Sauerberg. "Pres. Bush should use his executive authority to cancel billions of dollars worth of wasteful earmarks from the spending bill."

This week, Sen. Durbin voted for a $555 billion omnibus spending bill--approximately $20 billion of which is pure pork or unnecessary spending. Unbelievably, th bill contains 696 pages of special interest earmark spending projects.

"The Democrats claim they want to reign in wasteful spending, yet they pass a bill containing 696 pages of wasteful earmarks," said Sauerberg.

According to many experts, Pres. Bush has the legal authority to cancel non-binding or vague earmarks by executive order. "The time for talk in Washington is over," continued Sauerberg. "Now is the time for Pres. Bush to step forward and defend Illinois taxpayers."

Source: Press release, "Pork Barrel Earmarks" Dec 21, 2007

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IL Senatorial:
Barack Obama
Kathy Cummings
Larry Stafford
Richard Durbin


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
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DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
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GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
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KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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