March 14, 2008


Senators can't lop off those earmarks: They reject a one-year ban on slipping money for district projects into legislation. (Richard Simon, 3/14/08, Los Angeles Times)

Senators soundly rejected a one-year moratorium backed by the presidential hopefuls -- Republican John McCain and Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton -- even though it put senators from both parties at odds with their presidential contenders.

The vote -- 29 in favor of the proposal, 71 opposed -- again demonstrated the enduring popularity of earmarks, even though they have figured prominently in recent congressional scandals, including one that landed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham of Rancho Santa Fe in prison.

Just in case anyone continued under the delusion that the midterm had anything to do with pork or scandal.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2008 8:51 AM
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