The good news is that the idea was shot down. But, that doesn’t mean that the issue is done. Earlier this year, former Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kansas) floated the idea of bringing back earmarks as he was running for office. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also suggested that earmarks should return to the spending bills.
More members of Congress will invariably speak up in favor of bringing back earmarks. But those members of Congress who do want to bring them back should remember what happened in 2006 when the Republicans were punished for earmarks.
And, as the Republicans prepare to control both chambers of Congress they have a responsibility to keep earmarks out of the spending bills. If they don’t, their majority may be short lived.
David Williams is the president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.