Washington (CNN) - Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, who oversees Senate spending bills as chairman of the appropriations committee, announced Tuesday a two-year moratorium on earmarks.
Despite his long support for such congressionally directed spending, Inouye acknowledged that with President Obama and the Republican-controlled House opposed to earmarks, it would be fruitless for the Senate to include them in its bills.
"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 not sense to accept earmark requests that have no chance of being enacted into law," Inouye said in a press release.
The announcement came days after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said during an NBC interview that the president is "absolutely wrong" about earmarks and "should back off" his opposition.