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Senate Rejects Earmarking Ban By Wide Margin

March 25, 2010 by  

Senate rejects earmarking ban by wide marginThe Senate has overwhelmingly rejected a conservative Republican measure that would have temporarily banned lawmakers from earmarking spending bills with provisions for state-sponsored projects, such as roads or grants for local governments, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The final vote was 68-29 in favor of disallowing the moratorium on earmarks.

The Senate’s dismissal of prohibiting earmarks comes only a few days after the House implemented two separate, partisan bans on excess spending. Last week, Democratic House leaders announced an indefinite restriction on budget earmarks to for-profit entities.

One day later, House Republicans trumped the Democrats’ pledge by vowing to eliminate all earmarking for at least one full year.

"Republicans took an important step toward showing the American people we’re serious about reform by adopting an immediate, unilateral ban on all earmarks," said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

"But the more difficult battle lies ahead, and that’s stopping the spending spree in Washington that is saddling our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars in debt," he added.

Meanwhile, some Democrats have criticized the decision to temporarily prohibit earmarking, including Representative Mark Schauer (D-Mich.), who referred to the move a simple attempt to score "cheap political points," according to

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  • s c

    A vote of 68-29 says much about the Senate’s true character. Could it be that some Senators have things to hide? Are they in danger of being seen as the incompetents and criminals they really are?
    Earmarking is a self-serving system that rewards those who go to Washington to ‘make friends’ and ignore the will of the American people. Because of the utter lack of the present administration’s character [still waiting to see some real transparency, you Obummer schmucks], we can probably look forward to seeing earmarks aimed at buying even more easy votes when Obummer’s “immigration reform” scam becomes the #1 ‘America-saving scheme.’ Stay tuned, folks. It’s going to get hairy real fast with this bunch of criminals in the White House and Congress.

    • WarriorH

      BUT – remember Oblubber promised to review every earmark and veto all the porkulis!

  • Bill Zorka

    I like what you say and the way you say it. I am loosing confidence in our government and the “schmucks” that are up there. I am having real problems that all this can be going on and there seems like nothing we can do. These people are no longer listening to the people that have put them in office. I only hope that all this will be taken care in the next election!
    Dr. Bill

    • Smilee


  • James A Graham

    From: S STEELE
    Date: 3/22/2010 3:10:38 PM
    Subject: FW: Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    As a widow of a military retiree, who stood with her husband for over 20 years while he served this country (which was the greatest in the world until this Congress and President took over), I have to say I agree. Shirley

    As a retired military man that have given over twenty-seven years of my life to my country, I truly feel that what this
    Country needs most is a new amendment to the Constitution . I am recommending that we add the 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES.

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that Congress members could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

    This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Congressman, Senators and Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Congressman. Senators and Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States”.

    This 28th amendment to the Constitution of the UNITED STATES Will apply to all passed, present and future
    congressman, Senators And Representatives.
    Just think of all the money this would save the tax payers!!!!!

    HTCM USN Retired James A. Graham E-Mail address is ( ) Please forward !!!!!!!

    • Douglas R Johnson Sr

      James Graham I agree with you one thing more I think the 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States should have, is to enclude the President of the United States along with all the others. We the people of America should say we want this and we want it now.

    • Smilee


      • Joe H.

        yeah, you ARE back aren’t you!!!!

  • William Nealey

    is any one realey surprised that those theiving bastards voted it down? how else would they reward their supporters?

    • Claire

      Very true words. In the game of politics, earmarks will never go away. “Scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours” is their motto.

  • Warrior

    Well, at least twenty nine exhibited some sense. Find out who they are and please keep a scorecard on how your representatives are voting so you can send them a message before November and challenge them on their record.

    • Douglas R Johnson Sr

      Yes we should find out who those 29 were and tell them we appericate they trying to do this and do not give up on this idea try again the closer it gets to November the more they will think I keep saying no to this my job is on the chopping block. Vote every one who voted yes to the Health care mess and voted No to the cut the pork bill. Let them know WHO is incharge in November are We the people incharge or the elected membes of Congress.

      • Jana

        I have been hearing some of the News Networks starting to say if we disagree vocally about Obama and the Democrats, then we are engaging in hate speech.

        UH OH, now the next thing you know they will start trying to control our speech even more. They tried the ‘Political Correct Speech’ theory, and that worked for awhile until we the people caught on to the tactic that it was a way to control our speech and eventually control our thoughts. If we are not allowed to speak freely, our youth will not hear the truth, therefore it becomes thought control from the youth on up. But now, they are wanting to get much more serious about speech control. The supposed Fairness Doctrine that is just another way to “Control the people”, will rear its ugly head again. Be forewarned.

        HTCM USN Retired James A. Graham, I agree with your idea about the 28th amendment and have passed this on. Even got an email back to send further and it said:

        This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on. You are one of my 20.

        Subject: An idea whose time has come

        For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

        Have each person contact a minimum of Twenty people on their Address list, in turn ask each of those to do likewise. In three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

        Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

        “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to all Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to all citizens of the United States”.

        So, I resent it with this opening.
        Thank you for your well thought out idea.

        • Smilee


          • Jana

            Smilee, if you don’t like what we are saying then don’t read it. You are the one who is talking and acting foolishly.

            So far all you have managed to do is come on this site and whine like a little girl. Grow up.

          • Joe H.

            You mean she ISN’T a little 12 year old girl????? Well I’ll just be damed!!!

          • http://PersonalLibertyDigest PrincessDI

            You need to get a life and get up on what is going on.

            Congress does not participate in our health plans even the Obamacare and they don’t participate in Social Security they get separate better plans then the rest of us like they are royalty.

            Obvious you have no clue on what is going on the world.

  • wayne bauer

    Where are the names? Another example, even known radio hosts don’t get it. Some of these were republicans, we don’t need them if we need third party to get rid of this good old boys club we need to do it.

    • blackhat

      Wayne, I do not think that a third party is the answer…but, I strongly agree that any Rep that has shown liberal tendancies needs to be identified and voted out ASAP. Now is the time for bold action and clear differences.

  • Radio UpNorth

    This is another example of the Andrew Jackson era Republican-Democrats “wheeling and dealing” squaredance that is one cause of the massive National Budget Deficit.

    The best that can be done to break the back of this kind of fruad is single term congress. That is likely to happen, isn’t it? Everyone hates them, but keeps voting them back in because they do more good for their districts and states than not.

    But hey, is that part of the problem? Don’t we vote them in because they bring those porkbarrels home?

    And if that fantasy were ever to be the habit of most voters in each election cycle for each office, then we would only be fossilized into economic dysfunction by the Federal Beaurocracy loaded with overpaid deadheads and a “yes-sir” mentality to their agency leaders.

    Would election reform work? It would only if those self interested congress persons would vote for that. But they would not vote for that anymore than this moratorium on porkbarrel spending. It would make them more vulnerable to being kicked out based only on their politics.

    Will Obama’s balance the budget commision come up with this as a recommendation besides some kind of national sales tax to balance the budget? Yeah, right!

    The fact we had 29 voting for it though may be a foundation to start leveraging the other Senators. How did your Senator vote and what are you going to do about it? Do you want to if he or she got that new funding for your pet project?

    Single-purpose legislation would require a constitutional amendment to force these squaredancer congress people to stick with no pork barrel amendments. If the legislation amendment did not relate directly to the purpose of the bill, ie, airport security funding where no “bridge to nowhere” can be tacked on, then it could work.

    Good luck on that constitutional amendment. Everyone would use that as one last great big Christmas tree for everything possible.

    Maybe the crisis in value of the dollar and economic collapse like that facing Greece right now will turn this into reality. Will there still be time to ruin the country and our representative democracy where we still have some power in the say of things?


  • laura

    This is a little off the subject but pertaining to the times. I heard Nancy Pelosi say on the radio yesterday ( pre-recorded )that quote “we won’t know whats in the health care bill until we pass it” unquote “WHAT”!!!!! But that’s how the democrats are thinking. It’s crazy and the earmarks are just another side effect of their “crazy” government scams and I don’t believe this is an attempt for the GOP to gain cheep points like Mark Schauer would like us to think but rather a starting of a new generation of rebels fighting “out -of -control socialism”.

    • laura

      OH AND GOD BLESS AMERICA (i almost forgot)

      • Roy

        Laura we need to start sayin “America, BLESS GOD”, Because HE would love to bless us but we have allowed the liberal courts to kick him out of our lives so HE has taken HIS hands off.
        We need to repent and turn around from our wicked ways as a country. Christians had better get out and vote and encourage others to vote and take our country back to its roots as a CHRISTIAN NATION UNDER GOD and not be ashamed of HIM.

        • laura

          Dear Roy,
          I completely agree with you 150%. So here goes!


    • Harold Olsen

      Last week, just before the vote, she said “We need to pass this bill so we know what is in it.” Earlier, she said, “We need to pass this bill so the people will know what’s in it, then they will support it.”

    • blackhat

      Don’t forget that this health care law also takes over the student loan program…huh? How are those two related?

      • s c

        Blackhat, healthcare and student loans obviously have nothing in common. This is but one of the many ways classic anal retentives [aka ultraliberal progressives] do what they do.
        It proves that our elected wizards don’t like to READ anything. They don’t feel obligated to UNDERSTAND anything. And yet, at the same time, they expect us to keep their sorry asses in Washington.
        How can generation after generation of crap-for-brains politicians fool so many people for so many years? Are Americans really that STUPID?

        • Smilee


          • Jana

            You are a garbage mouth. With the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

          • momof4

            Hey Smilee,
            We can bitch until the cows come home, whats it to you? If you don’t like it too bad, you don’t control us, so go away ,I don’t have the patience for your nonsence.

          • Claire

            Smilee– it never pays to get too big for your britches–those that crow the loudest may very well end up speechless. November 2010 will be the telling story. Keep in mind that if you think people on this post are bitching—there is a strong possibility you may end up bitching yourself. What goes around comes around.

          • http://PersonalLibertyDigest PrincessDI

            To the Smilee [offensive word removed].

            You apparently do not like America so why don’t you leave and go to another country – OH I forgot they may not want you.

          • laura

            BUCKET MOUTH!!!!!!!!!

            GOD BLESS

          • laura

            smilee -

            BUCKET MOUTH!!!!!!!

        • Joe H.

          just like I said the other day, beware of what is added to this bill as it is passed. When your reps don’t even bother to read it what can be passed that you don’t know about???

    • Smilee


      • Jana

        Well Smilee, why don’t you explain what she meant then, instead of just spreading your left wing ultra libbie nastiness.

      • laura

        Keep shouting smilee no-ones listening.

        GOD BLESS

      • Joe H.

        I heard her say it also and it was on ABC!!!! Open your ears and close your mouth once in awhile and maybe you will know something besides cussing and very poor attempts at insults!!!

  • Harold Olsen

    Note: The bill that the Republicans put forth to ban earmarks was only temporary. Even they can’t–no, WON’T–do without them. So, this is one time I’m with the Democrats in opposing a bill. If the Republicans were sincere, it would have been a bill to ban earmarks PERMANENTLY. This bill was just for show because, I’m sure, they KNEW it had no chance of being passed. Both parties are just as corrupt. I say we abandon BOTH of them. Democrat or Republican; two sides of the same coin. They are interchangeable.

    • blackhat

      Harold, earmarks are not evil in concept. The idea is to attach small budget items that are necessary, but are supposed to have relevance to the original bill. Unfortunately, this process has been corrupted by both Dems and Reps for many years. To ban earmarks forever would not be the responsible thing to do. However, creating rules that govern the use of earmarks to strict relevance would be a pill we could swallow. I challenge your assertion that Dems and Reps are the same. Sure, it is true that this was a bit of grand standing. Common sense will tell anyone that this bill had no chance. But, it has kept the discourse in the public arena. “Change” comes from the people, not the govt. The Rep party has been co-opted by some very liberal minded leaders that need to go. What we need is (as Regan said) a revitalized party. Go ahead and split the vote in November, and conservatives and libertarians will lose. We will have two more years of debt (13 trillion and counting) and redistribution (more govt programs that increase taxes), a further eroding of our status as a world leader and more govt take of over of the private sector (up to 49% as of today). Or, you can realize that your vote in the primaries for conservative candidates that will stop this insanity does count. You are the voice of “change” back to conservative principles, not the administration. The question is, do you have the fortitude to voice your opinion, and choose only candidates that echo your values?

      • Meteorlady

        Earmarks should be listed as a separate item and have their own bills. I, for one, don’t particularly like the Murtha airport, or things like public art, etc. So, if they are needed items, why not list them separately? I’d sort of like to know exactly where my money is going. Our state does not get back from the federal government as much as we pay.

        • Joe H.

          As for that support of the arts. How many of the greats had support?? Piccaso, Renoire, any of the greatest in the history went on their own and created masterpieces worth millions!!! The supported ones lately smear excrement on canvas and call it art!! A jar of urine with a picture of Jesus in it and call it art!! Scum that don’t have the first idea of what art is!! and they expect us to support it with our tax dollars??? they have to be out of their ever loving minds!!!

          • Joe H.

            Sorry, that’s Meteorlady. Trying to type too fast!!!

          • Smilee


          • ted crawford

            NO! smiley, that’s not what he said! If your tiny little progressive “brain?” were capable of thought you would have read they may do as they wish, just not with our money!

  • Meteorlady

    Ah – with re-election coming up they want to be able to bring home the bacon. This is so sad. We just cannot stop them. They are like drunken lottery winners. Sad

    • Claire

      Meteorlady—Your words are sooooo true.

      • Joe H.

        We need to stop feeding the animal. You know dopie/smilee!!! Hear what I’m sayin people???

        • Jana

          You are right Joe.

          • Claire

            Feeding the animal?? I know exactly what you mean but this could apply to several on this site. If I am feeding the animal, I am not the only one that does it.

  • http://gmail i41

    Ban all earmarks, that way there will not be special deals and special treatments, everything will be much cleaner and out in the open. If you agree with dems, you must be a rino or anal idoit. Why do you think every damn bill costs so much, and is a worthless as the paper its written on. We need to be aware in getting exposure of the total bills costs. One term would end the union’s style senioriety B— —T lazy assed protection to keep worthless people in control.

  • Hurant Karibian

    Who are the Republicans who voted for earmarks ???


    no third party .ross pareau (sp) put bill clinton in the whitehouse .lets wear out our republicans out and maybe more of them will get it right in the future .i’m not sure there is a way back to america as we knew it,looks more like welcome to east germany or albania .as long as we ellect corrupt people we will have a corrupt goverment.i sorta like the way they handled it in bulgeria a few years ago .


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