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    Earmark Favor Factory Remains Open for Business in Senate

    Earmark reformers in the Senate failed to temporarily shut down the favor factory tonight, losing their vote for a one-year moratorium, 29-71. Appropriators managed to emerge victorious after nearly all Democrats voted against the measure. Just five Democrats voted for Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) amendment to temporarily freeze the earmarking … More

    House GOP Budget Alternative Reins in Runaway Spending

    The House Republicans have released an alternative to the Democrats’ budget. Instead of following the Democrats’ path of raising taxes by more than $3,000 per household to finance large spending hikes, the GOP would maintain current tax rates, repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax, and rein in runaway discretionary spending. Importantly, … More

    Morning Bell: The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

    Republicans who want to credibly keep calling themselves conservatives should think long and hard before voting against Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) one-year earmark moratorium proposal today. New polling by NBC/WSJ shows Democrats have their largest advantage in party identification in years, 47% to 35%. A big reason why the Republicans … More

    Earmark Warriors Make Their Case on Eve of Senate Showdown

    The clock is ticking as the Senate prepares to vote on a one-year earmark moratorium. With appropriators and lobbyists mounting a last-ditch effort to save their pork-barrel projects, earmark warriors took the Senate floor to deliver passionate pleas for a temporary timeout. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a freshman from Missouri, was … More

    Combating Myths About Earmarks

    Appropriators and other opponents of a one-year earmark moratorium ratcheted up their defense of pork-barrel spending today, signaling that many in Congress were not ready to take a timeout from the corrupting practice of earmarking. With most of the attacks directed at Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), sponsor of the one-year … More

    Senate Showdown on Earmarks Pits Presidential Candidates Against Leadership

    A bipartisan effort to put a one-year freeze on earmarks has attracted the support of at least 14 senators, including each party’s presidential contenders, setting the stage for a showdown Thursday over wasteful government spending. Despite the surge in support over the past 24 hours, however, Senate Democrat leaders are … More

    McCain Leads Conservatives Against Earmarks

    A Roll Call article out today reports John McCain will be at odds with “rank-and-file Republicans” next week when the Republican conference votes on whether to adopt a one-year moratorium on earmarks. However much McCain me be out of favor with Republicans on the issue, he has the support of … More

    Now That Congress Is Back From Vacation...

    As lawmakers return from a week-long vacation, here’s a preview of the week ahead in Washington. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIV4GwclIn0[/youtube] Now that Communist dictator Fidel Castro has departed as leader of Cuba after 49 years of uninterrupted tyrannical rule, conservatives want to see policies out of the U.S. government that promote freedom for … More

    Boehner Won't Give Up Earmark Reform Website

    House Republicans aren’t giving in to order from the chief administrative officer to remove a website devoted to earmark reform. The site, earmarkreform.house.gov, remained active today despite an order from Dan Beard last week to shut it down. House Minority Leader John Boehner is defying Beard’s order until he gets … More

    Congressional Earmark Reform Website Comes Under Fire

    A congressionally approved website devoted to earmark reform is on the verge of falling victim to a petty political fight on Capitol Hill. The House’s chief administrative officer, Dan Beard, today told Minority Leader John Boehner that the site, earmarkreform.house.gov, would have to come down because it doesn’t comply with … More