Last week, House Democrats announced a ban on federal earmarks to corporations. House Republicans soon followed suit with a more extensive prohibition: banning all earmark requests from their caucus members.
The most obvious response from lobbyists is to turn to the Senate, which doesn’t seem likely to follow the House’s lead. Sens. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the panel’s ranking member, released stern rebukes to the House.