March 4, 2009
THE GOP AND THE UR VS THE DEMOCRAT CONGRESS:
Top Democrats cross Obama on earmarks (S.A. Miller and David R. Sands, March 4, 2009, Washington Times)
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer became the second leading congressional Democrat in a week to push back against Mr. Obama's drive to curb member-directed earmarks on spending bills.Posted by Orrin Judd at March 4, 2009 1:07 PM
Saying he was open to the president's "suggestions" about how to reform the spending process, the Maryland Democrat told reporters, "I don't think the White House has the ability to tell us what to do. I hope you all got that down."
If Mr. Obama pushes hard for earmark reform, he faces the first major rift of his administration with leaders of his own party in Congress. The president already faces attacks from Republicans and private watchdog groups about the persistence of earmarks and borrow-and-spend attitude on Capitol Hill.