November 16, 2010


Will Congress Really Ban Earmarks?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) about-face yesterday embracing a moratorium on earmarks shocked many on Capitol Hill with the Boston Globe calling it "a surprising reversal that could put a halt to the controversial federal spending practice."

First Read: "If senators or members of Congress are no longer in charge of bringing home the bacon to their states or districts (via earmarks or another mechanism), then what becomes their primary mission? Being ideological fighters? And then there's this: By banning earmarks, is Congress ceding all the bacon authority to the executive branch?"

The overlooked factor behind today's earmark vote: It's a non-binding resolution.










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