November 15th, 2010
02:21 PM ET
3 years ago

McConnell's announcement on earmarks

(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a longtime defender of congressional earmarks, said Monday he will back a ban on the controversial spending items when congressional Republicans meet on Tuesday.


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  1. Calvin

    My guess is he's found another way to get cash back to his state (aka, earmarks)

    November 15, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. PaDoc

    According to the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, earmarks comprised one half of one percent of the 2008 budget. So, Senator McConnell, if you'll pardon my Latin, BFD.

    November 15, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. GOPhatesUSA

    Will someone PLEASE embalm Mr. McConnell? so unfair to keep him walking around like that.

    November 15, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Yes, down with pork! Down with earmarks!... As long as those are pork and earmarks for the OTHER party. If it's your own, it's just fine...
    New people, yet same old business as usual on Capitol Hill...

    November 15, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Darlene

    I will believe this when I see it happen. He is a liar..he has always been for and supported earmarks.

    November 15, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    That's the right thing to do.

    November 15, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Beaker was explicitly against this last week and publicly stated as much. Kudos to CNN for avoiding noting just how recently he expressed his support for earmarks before flip-flopping. Attempting to soften the self-serving appearance of his 180-degree about-face? What a bang-up job of journalism they did pulling this enthralling and deep one sentence story together. After all, it's hard for Americans to remember what happened yesterday, let alone last week, so I suppose we should forgive you, eh CNN? But hey, I guess the political winds must have shifted since last Tuesday and Beaker just suddenly saw the light at the end of his career? Go ahead, ban earmarks as some sort of symbolic point-maker...it will barely make a dent in the budget (hence, it being symbolic) and will hurt worse for red states like Arizona and South Carolina, which receive such an imbalanced amount of federal money compared to how much they contribute in the first place. Let's see just how long a ban they remains popular....got nothing better to do other than watch the GOP conduct withhunts and attempt to impeach Obama for 2 years anyway.

    November 15, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |