The senate rejected a 1 year moratorium on earmarks by a vote of 71 to 29. According to Senator Harry Reid (D - NV) earmarks are only a drop in the bucket of the federal budget – only $17.2 billion in fiscal year 2008.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has this to say about the rejection of Senate Amendment 4347. CAGW rightfully named all 71 senators voting against this amendment as Porkers of the Month.
In light of more than $9 trillion in national debt how can they say that $17.2 billion does not matter? Unbelievable.