Some House Lawmakers Question Earmark Ban

As a number of House appropriators, including Democrats and Republicans, clamor for the chamber’s leaders to reconsider their ban on earmarks, senior House Republicans insist the matter has been settled.

A common refrain among appropriators is that the House should clarify the definition of an earmark, reports Roll Call. One problem likely to surface during the appropriations process is project-based spending bills, including the ones that allocate spending for civil works and transportation projects.

Still, conservative House Republicans can be expected to oppose any effort to loosen the restriction on earmarks. And Republicans leaders so far are not budging.

“The House Republican Conference has adopted an earmark moratorium. Period,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told Roll Call.

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