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Snowe to Support Earmark Moratorium
11/15/2010 04:43 PM ET  

Snowe says the practice accounts for less than one percent of overall federal expenditures, but she says the issue is how government spends Americans' tax dollars.

Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe says she's on board with a GOP-led effort to impose a moratorium on so-called earmark requests, which congressional lawmakers often use to steer funds to pet projects in their home states.

Snowe says while earmark requests account for less than one percent of overall federal expenditures, "it is an issue of how government is spending Americans' hard-earned tax dollars," she says in a statement.

"In that light, the moratorium on earmarks that I will support in tomorrow's Senate Republican Conference may be a small step, but it is an important step to demonstrate that we are listening and that Congress gets it," she says in a statement.

President Obama is also supporting an earmark moratorium.

The Senate vote on the issue amounts to a non-binding rule because Democrats retained the majority in that chamber. But with Republicans about to take control of the House in January, they'll likely have the votes to temporarily eliminate the practice there, according to the Washington Post.



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