Toomey, McCaskill Propose Bill to Quash Earmarks

Wednesday, 30 Nov 2011 01:16 PM

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Despite highly publicized moves to stop members of Congress from inserting special spending provisions into various pieces of legislation, the so-called earmarks survive. But now, Sens. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., are joining forces with legislation aiming to ban the practice, The Washington Post reported.

The House announced its moratorium a year ago, and the Senate followed suit in February. However, it was breached no sooner than it was announced.

When the House Armed Services Committee was working on the National Defense Authorization Act in May, House members added 111 amendments providing for $650 million in special projects for their districts, the Post reported.

Toomey and McCaskill are introducing legislation to ban earmarks. “I have heard too many appropriators say informally that they are very hopeful that we can get back to earmarking in the future with few restrictions,” McCaskill told the Post. “That has come out of the mouths of Democrats and Republicans.”

The legislation would prohibit earmarks and allow legislators to challenge them. The member responsible for the spending would be required to justify it and receive approval from the Senate, the Post reported.



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