In an effort to find out if Congress has been holding true to its promises of becoming more open and transparent, CNN recently unleashed its interns on 435 Representatives to request their lists of earmark requests for next year’s budget. Only 31 responded with a list, while 68 flat out declined. The rest didn’t respond or flaked on getting back to CNN.
Democrats are sidestepping rules approved their first day in power in January to clearly identify “earmarks” lawmakers’ requests for specific projects and contracts for their states in documents that accompany spending bills. (from the Associated Press via ABC News, June 3rd)
But how about our Representatives? Out of the twelve Los Angeles area Congressmembers, one straight out refused (Hilda Solis of the 32nd District) and eleven never responded to CNN (although Juanita Millender-McDonald of the 37th district had a good excuse – she passed away in April).
Should you care? Well, we vote on these guys, and our tax dollars pay their salary… and their pension. So how else they’re planning on spending our money is indeed all of our concern… well, thats just this blogger’s opinion.
I encourage readers and other bloggers to contact our reps and see if they can find out either what they’re planning on spending our money on, or at the very least why they don’t want to share it with their constituents. After the jump I’ve provided a list of Congresspeople representing the Los Angeles area, along with their phone numbers.
…photo by Lush.i.ous, used under Creative Commons…
The following information is culled from Contacting Your Congress, followed with notes from CNN on the Representatives response to their request for a list of earmarks.
Representative Howard L. Berman (D – 28)
phone: 202-225-4695 fax: 202-225-3196 no response
Representative Adam Schiff (D – 29)
phone: 202-225-4176 fax: 202-225-5828 left voicemail
Representative Henry A. Waxman (D – 30)
phone: 202-225-3976 fax: 202-225-4099 left message
Representative Xavier Becerra (D – 31)
phone: 202-225-6235 fax: 202-225-2202 said he would email
Representative Hilda A. Solis (D – 32)
phone: 202-225-5464 fax: 202-225-5467 said NO
Representative Diane E. Watson (D – 33)
phone: 202-225-7084 fax: 202-225-2422 left a message
Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard (D – 34)
phone: 202-225-1766 fax: 202-226-0350 left a message
Representative Maxine Waters (D – 35)
phone: 202-225-2201 fax: 202-225-7854 left a message
Representative Jane Harman (D – 36)
phone: 202-225-8220 fax: 202-226-7290 said he’ll get back to us
Representative Vacant ( – 37)
phone: 202-225-7924 fax: 202-225-7926 deceased
Representative Grace Napolitano (D – 38)
phone: 202-225-5256 202-225-0027 unable to get it by the deadline
Representative Linda T. Sanchez (D – 39)
phone: 202-225-6676 202-226-1012 left voicemail