Sasse leads way to Republican ban on earmarks
Sen. Ben Sasse won approval Thursday of his proposal that Republican senators, organized as the Senate Republican Conference, permanently ban appropriations earmarks by individual senators.
“The last thing taxpayers need is for the same politicians who racked up a $22 trillion national debt to go on an earmark binge,” Sasse said following the vote.
A number of subsequent reports on Twitter accounts pegged the vote on his motion as 28-12.
Congressional Republicans succeeded in banning the practice of allowing appropriations earmarks by individual lawmakers in 2011. That moratorium expired in January.