Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), together with a number of his Republican colleagues, has introduced legislation to permanently ban earmarks.
“Earmarks allow lobbyists and politicians to belly up to the pork barrel buffet in order to fund pet projects that are based on politics and favors instead of merit,” said Senator Toomey. “Going back down this road will only fuel more overspending and further undermine the legislative process.”
This measure is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Full text of the legislation is available here.