Bipartisan House Bill Would Permanently Ban Earmarks

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Reps. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) introduced a bill Wednesday to permanently ban earmarks from the legislative process. “This bill is about sending a clear message: that the days of pork-barrel spending ended in 2011,” Budd said in a joint press release. “It represents a permanent solution to the earmark problem, and gives the current ban the force of law.” The Earmark Elimination Act would prohibit the House from considering any legislation containing earmarks — or “congressionally directed spending” — and it would strip any earmarks found in a bill being considered by the chamber before it may proceed. The measure comes as the House GOP plans to reassess its existing moratorium on earmarks later this year.last_img

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