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Earmark Showdown

March 12th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments

“When you come from a moderate state, being moderate is as natural as brushing your teeth.” Sen. Claire McCaskill

In the earmark wars, this week will see something of a showdown on the Senate floor. Republican Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Democrat Claire McCaskill of Missouri plan to offer an amendment to require that any earmarked spending project for 2009 get a two-thirds vote to go forward…

The main opponents are Appropriators in both parties who don’t want to give up control of their favor factory. When Democrat Henry Waxman proposed a similar moratorium last month, all 22 Democrats in the Budget Committee voted no. GOP Senators are no better, though they are doing their political dirty work behind the scenes to kill the DeMint-McCaskill effort. Read more…

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