Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday brushed back an expected proposal from President Obama to ban earmarks.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Reid said that the plan is “a lot of pretty talk” and would cede too much power to the executive branch.
It would give “the president more power, and he’s got enough power already,” he said.
Obama is expected to include a call for an earmark ban in his State of the Union address, which he will deliver Tuesday night. Obama and Reid have long been on opposite sides of the earmark debate, and Reid’s comments indicate that the proposal could run aground in the upper chamber.