House Republicans vote to approve restoring earmarks after decade-long ban

House Republicans vote to approve restoring earmarks after decade-long ban

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The House Republican caucus voted to approve the restoration of earmarks on Wednesday.

Democrats introduced reforms weeks ago as it sought to lift the GOP's decade-old ban on earmarks.

Restoring the use of earmarks could make legislation easier to pass for both parties.

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Republicans instituted a ban on earmarks a decade ago, following a series of scandals related to abuses, but on Wednesday, House Republicans voted to support bringing earmarks back, potentially signaling a positive trajectory for President Joe Biden's economic agenda. The vote - conducted by secret ballot - follows House Democrats' introduction of earmark reform guidelines at the end of February. Restoring earmarks could help ease legislation that doesn't equally benefit all representatives."There's a real concern about the administration directing where money goes," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters after the vote. "This doesn't add one more dollar. I think members here know what's most important about what's going on in their district, not Biden."However, Senate Republicans still have not voted on restoring earmarks, and some of them have already voiced clear opposition to doing so.
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