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Tuesday
Feb012011

Senate Appropriations Chairman Says No Earmarks, Despite His Support of Pork

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Looks like the White House and Republicans have won the earmark argument -- at least for now.

After President Obama promised to veto any bills with earmarks and the House voted to do away with them, too, Senate Appropriations boss Daniel Inouye of Hawaii Tuesday said he will not accept any requests for them for two years due to the President’s veto threat, even though he still supports the use of pork.

“I continue to support the Constitutional right of members of Congress to direct investments to their states and districts under the fiscally responsible and transparent earmarking process that we have established,” Inouye said in a statement. “However, 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. Given the reality before us, it makes no sense to accept earmark requests that have no chance of being enacted into law.”

The Hawaiian lawmaker added that “at the appropriate time, I will once again urge the Senate to consider a transparent and fair earmark process that protects our rights as legislators to answer the petitions of our constituents, regardless of what the President or some Federal bureaucrat thinks is right.”

Inouye’s defense of earmarks echoes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s stance. Reid has vigorously defended earmarks in recent months, even telling ABC’s Jonathan Karl in an interview last week that the President’s ban was “an applause line” that was “only for show.”

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