Bowing to the will of a majority of his caucus, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday that he would support a ban on earmarks that have come to be known as "a symbol of the waste and the out-of-control spending" in Washington.
McConnell, who had resisted calls for the ban saying that it would leave President Obama in charge of spending money on state projects, said that abuse of the practice had led many Americans to view it as a boondoggle and every Republican in Washington determined to fight it.
"As the leader of my party in the Senate, I have to lead first by example," McConnell, R-Ky., said from the floor of the Senate on the first day of its lame-duck session.
"Nearly every day that the Senate’s been in session for the past two years, I have come down to this very spot and said that Democrats are ignoring the wishes of the American people. When it comes to earmarks, I won't be guilty of the same thing," he said.
McConnell's remarks were praised by Obama.
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Comment: I say it again, earmarks are a "non-issue;" it's war and entitlements and bureaucracy (big government) that's sinking our nation that we can't get out of.