"The handwriting is clearly on the wall. The president has stated unequivocally that he will veto any legislation containing earmarks, and the House will not pass any bills that contain them,” he said.Inouye, the president pro tempore of the Senate, joins the growing list of lawmakers who support a ban on earmark spending. This leaves Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) even more isolated in his opposition. Eventually, Reid will have to make a choice between joining the new Congress in this small commitment to fiscal responsibility or continue earmarking his pet projects onto bills.
February 3, 2011
Yesterday, The Hill reported Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), chairman of the Senate spending panel, announced his support for the proposed earmark ban: