Dave Obey's file:

Democrat from Wisconsin

Dave Obey, a Democrat, is a former member of the U.S. House. He was first elected in 1969 and did not seek reelection in 2010. Obey, who represented northwestern Wisconsin, served as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Recent statements involving Dave Obey

Earmarks requested in a federal spending bill included  "$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin."

A ban on earmarks greatly weakens the authority Congress has over spending, to the benefit of the executive branch.

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