Politics & Government

March 16, 2010

One-year freeze on earmarks fails in Senate, splits GOP

The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated a bid to freeze spending earmarks for a year. Lawmakers voted 68-29 against an amendment by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., to impose a one-year moratorium on earmarks. Twenty-four fellow Republicans voted for DeMint's measure, while 15 GOP senators voted against it.

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