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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
January 29, 2008

Fact Sheet: President Bush Takes Unprecedented Steps to Advance Earmark Reform

      President Bush Signs Executive Order Protecting American Taxpayers from Government Spending on Wasteful Earmarks

Today, the President signed Executive Order 13457, "Protecting American Taxpayers from Government Spending on Wasteful Earmarks."  This Executive Order (EO) makes clear that future earmarks included in report language will be ignored and builds on the President's pledge in his State of the Union address to veto FY 2009 spending bills that do not cut the cost and number of earmarks in half from FY 2008 levels.

The President's unprecedented action on earmarks will bring more transparency and accountability to the budget process – just as the American people expect and deserve.

Specifically, the Executive Order:

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