December 2, 2010

Senate earmarks live to fight another day

The Washington Post reports:

The Senate on Tuesday rejected a plan that would impose a two-year moratorium on federal earmarking for lawmakers' pet projects, with a handful of Republicans joining with most Democrats to defeat the measure.

The proposal, which would have needed a two-thirds majority to pass, failed by a 39-to-56 margin.

Even though the measure ultimately failed, Politico notes that this is the strongest showing yet for earmark foes in banning the practice.