Sens. Bond, McCaskill split on earmarks

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 | 12:16 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's two U.S. senators have split over attempts to rein in congressional spending earmarks.

Republican Sen. Kit Bond was in the majority Tuesday when senators rejected a proposed two-year moratorium on earmarks for particular projects. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill voted for the temporary earmark halt.

McCaskill also supported an amendment that would cancel funding for transportation earmarks that are at least 10 years old but have spent less than 10 percent of their money. That measure passed. But Bond voted against it.

McCaskill said she also will fight earmarks in the latest transportation funding bill. She said those decisions are best made by local officials.

Bond supports earmarks as a way of keeping spending power with lawmakers, instead of delegating it to bureaucrats.


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