Democrats Try to Shut Down Republicans’ Earmark Reform Web Site
By Susan Jones
CNSNews.com Senior Editor
February 25, 2008
(CNSNews.com) – House Republicans are blasting Democratic leaders for ordering the shutdown of an “earmark reform” Web site that was launched two weeks ago as part of a Republican effort to “change the way Washington spends taxpayer dollars.”
On Feb. 12, House Republicans announced that their new Web site would serve as a hub for news and information regarding House GOP efforts to hold Democrats to their earmark-reform promises.
But nine days later, on Feb. 21, House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) was told the Web site (earmarkreform.house.gov) must be shut down and moved to a different location with a different domain name.
Boehner promptly wrote to House Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Beard, questioning his sudden decision to shut down the Web site he’d approved this past summer.