Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is a longtime crusader against congressional earmarks – one who deserves a lot of credit for the earmark ban the House has just adopted. Flake appears likely to win a seat on the Appropriations Committee in the new Congress, and is committed to rolling back the massive spending increases of recent years. In a recent session at he Heritage Foundation, Flake expressed optimism about the changed attitude of Congressional Republicans, and said that he expects the committee to engage in far more oversight of federal spending than in the past. He also stated the committee will spend far less than it has done, and when asked to name a benchmark for success in the months ahead, he said that Congress must reduce discretionary spending to 2008 levels. This will result in a saving to taxpayers of approximately $100 billion against current levels.
Liberty Central caught up with Congressman Flake after the session, and asked for some details.