Missouri’s Democrat U.S. Senator and a Republican from Pennsylvania are trying to put an end to earmarks.
Yesterday senators Claire McCaskill and Pat Toomey introduced a bill that McCaskill says will make the current earmark moratorium permanent.
The Earmark Elimination Act of 2011 would define earmarks as any congressionally directed spending item, limited tax benefit, or limited tariff benefit. The bill would create a point of order against any legislation containing an earmark where the point of order would only apply to the actual earmark, rather than to the entire bill. To waive the point of order would require a two-thirds vote.