Earmarks Out for 112th Congress

Earmarks Out for 112th Congress

House and Senate ban earmarks for next two years.

Earmarks are the process by which lawmaker can requested and receive funding for pet projects. The Wall Street Journal reports that House Republicans have stepped up and unanimously adopted a ban on earmarks for the entire 112th Congress. It follows a similar move earlier this week by Senate Republicans after Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reversed his long-standing support for these individual member requests.

The vote was seen as a big win for House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, the speaker-in-waiting, who has never requested an earmark and tried for years to impose a ban. He says earmarks have become a symbol of a Congress that has broken faith with the people.

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