Earmarks banned in senate

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    Earmark spending: Earmark spending ban ends political battle - latimes.com


    Reporting from Washington — The long congressional battle over specially-directed earmark spending came to a quiet close Tuesday as the Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee announced a two-year ban on the practice.

    The decision to prohibit earmarks reflects the political stalemate that arose as President Obama vowed to veto any legislation with the congressionally-directed spending. Republicans had already agreed to abandon the practice.

    "The handwriting is clearly on the wall," said Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee. "The president has stated unequivocally that he will veto any legislation containing earmarks, and the House will not pass any bills that contain them. Given the reality before us, it makes no sense to accept earmark requests that have no chance of being enacted into law."
     
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    So what will they call the directed pork spending now?
     
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    I'll believe it when I see it.
     
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    its stand alone bills now folks.

    You either support something or you dont.

    The Rs are going to have a huge problem with this one.
     
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    If they spent as much time cutting actual spending as they do pointing fingers at who has the most earmarks, the deficit would be done with

    Earmarks are small change. Go after Military, Social Security and Medicare ...thats where the money is
     
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    I'd hardly say it was small potatoes

    And you still shy away from things such as entitlement handouts when mentioning cuts... laughable, but typical
     
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    Wasn't it Nancy Pelosi who promised to reform earmarks prior to the '06 election?
    Wasn't it the GOP victory that actually made it happen?

    Democrats promise.
    Republicans deliver.
    There you have it.
     
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    Here ya go.......go at it

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    Earmarks are 1-2% of the total budget
     
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    And still it's not small potatoes... and still, no call for eliminating spending on entitlements to the entitlement junkies
     
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    I don't understand this logic. "Since it's only 1-2% why bother cutting it, just spend it (even though we don't have it)". 3.5 billion is small potatoes? Who knew. :rolleyes:
     

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