Tea Party critical of Blunt's opposition to earmark ban

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 | 11:40 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS — Just two weeks after Roy Blunt won election to the U.S. Senate, the St. Louis Tea Party is criticizing the Missouri Republican for refusing to support a ban on earmarks.

The tea party supports a proposed two-year moratorium that could be voted on next week. Blunt does not support the ban, though he said earlier this year he would back a one-year moratorium.

Blunt defeated Democrat Robin Carnahan on Nov. 2. A spokeswoman said that Blunt will fight for the smallest possible federal budget, but that he thinks he should compete for what the spokeswoman called Missouri's "fair share" of tax dollars.

The St. Louis Tea Party said Tuesday that Blunt signed a "Tea Party Treaty" last month, but now has seemingly turned his back on the group.

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