WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun addressed the entire Senate during a speech on the floor calling for fiscal sanity by asking for unanimous consent to immediately pass a bill banning earmarks.

Earmarks are personal pet projects that D.C. includes in spending bills to buy votes for legislation. This new spending bill has $12.7 billion in earmarks.

During the speech, Braun directed his words to a section of youth in the senate viewing gallery by saying:

“It’s a sad state of affairs in the sense that just a little over five years ago we were 18 trillion dollars in debt — borrowing at the tune of about a trillion dollars a year to backfill all of the things we want to do here — and ask you and your kids to pay for it. To me, that’s a bad business plan.” – Senator Braun

Watch Senator Braun’s full speech below:

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