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Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Author: Lee Conover, Political Correspondent

Senate Republicans new and old back earmark ban 

I guess while Obama has lost touch with the American people it looks like some Republicans got the message. I personally hope this is just a start……..

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that he would join his fellow Republicans in opposing earmarks, bowing to pressure from Tea Party activists who see the special project funding as a prime example of out-of-control government spending.

Speaking from the Senate floor, McConnell said that after discussing the issue with his constituents in Kentucky and fellow Republicans he supports the ban against earmarks. He stated that he didn’t apologize for his past earmark spending and said "I know the good that has come from the projects”.

I can see how McConnell feels the need to justify his past use of earmarks but the practice has been abused . Out-of-control spending is insane. They all better wake up and stop the waste. This is a step in the correct direction.

President Barack Obama, who has pushed to limit earmarks, welcomed McConnell's new position and added that Washington will need to do more to cut down on waste. Like vote out Obama in 20012.

Senate Democrats have shown little support for and earmark moratorium Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye has said he supports greater transparency on earmarks but not a ban. In a statement on Monday, Inouye said he was "disappointed" by McConnell's statement, adding that it would weaken Congress's power over federal spending.

Senator Jim DeMint, a strong supporter of the Tea Party movement, has been pushing fellow Republicans to join a ban on earmarks when the new Congress is seated in January. He has eight co-sponsors for a moratorium and many of the newly elected Republican Senators also back it, including Tea Party favorites Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Pat Toomey.

"His statement today and tomorrow's vote to enact the moratorium will send a clear signal to voters that Republicans heard the message of the last election," DeMint said.

House Republican leaders said they plan an early vote on banning earmarks in January when they're in control.

- Lee Conover
Author, Politics & National Events
leeconover@lieconomy.com



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