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Published on Jan 24, 2013
A new Congress hasn't diminished Claire McCaskill's goal of banning Congressional earmarks—as she today reintroduced the bipartisan Earmark Elimination Act in order to end a process that, for years, permitted members of Congress to direct taxpayer funds to their home regions for pet projects. Thanks to her efforts, the previous Congress instituted a voluntary moratorium on earmarks. The bipartisan Earmark Elimination Act—which McCaskill reintroduced with Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania—would expand the temporary moratorium and permanently ban earmarks from the legislative process.