Senate Dems stick up for pork

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Senate Democrats on Tuesday defended the congressional system of earmarking even as their GOP colleagues approved a voluntary, two-year ban on the practice.

There was scant support among the chamber’s majority party to follow the lead of Republicans who voted in a closed-door caucus meeting to ban the practice of tucking home-state pork into appropriations bills. The vote was almost unanimous.

Instead, Democrats defended the age-old practice by noting they already improved the system’s transparency in 2008 and that they reserved the right to seek funding for their states’ needs.

“We have a constitutional obligation and responsibility,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “I have an obligation to the people of Nevada.”

Full story: Senate Dems defend earmarks as GOP votes to ban practice – TheHill.com