(CNN) - Republican House leaders are calling for a vote on an earmark ban next week when Congress returns for a lame duck session.
In a statement, House Republican leader Rep. John Boehner and Republican House whip Rep. Eric Cantor said the GOP conference will hold a vote and call on the Democratic leadership to do the same.
"Earmarks have become a symbol of dysfunctional Congress and serve as a fuel line for the culture of spending that has dominated Washington for too long," the members said in a joint statement.
They reference President Obama's voiced support for earmark reform and say Washington has previously "failed to prioritize the way that taxpayer dollars are spent."
The announcement comes as Republicans prepare to become the majority party in the House, a shift that will likely include a Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Earmark reform was one of the items addressed in the Republican "Pledge to America," which outlined priorities for Republicans going forward.
- CNN's Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report