POLITICO: Senate Republicans permanently ban earmarks

Author: Benjamin Wermund
May 24, 2019

Pork barrel spending won’t be returning to Congress any time soon after Senate Republicans this week moved to permanently ban earmarks.

The Senate GOP on Thursday behind closed doors added a permanent ban on earmarked spending to their conference rules, a move that comes as some buzz had built around an eventual return of earmarks.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who pushed for the Senate GOP ban on Thursday, boasted that the move stops a looming “earmark binge.” His office said the 28-12 vote followed a “heated” 45-minute debate.

Sasse said earmarks needed to be ruled out.

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