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Posted at 3:25 PM ET, 04/22/2010

Cantor's office responds to earlier earmark rejections

By Washington Post editors

As of this morning, Republicans are pushing for earmark bans going beyond the two I mentioned yesterday in my Washington Post blog. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, along with Eric Cantor and other GOP leadership held a press conference this morning to announce their new resolution: to bring a year-long moratorium on earmarks to a vote on the House floor.

They hope it will be a punchy way to distinguish themselves as thrifty, frugal guardians of the public’s trust. Politico reported yesterday:

At a Wednesday closed-door meeting, Minority Leader John Boehner explained to fellow Republicans that the goal is to draw a contrast with Democrats, who have only agreed to earmarks for for-profit entities. House Republicans have agreed to forgo all earmarks this year.

The GOP leaders intend to use the savings to pay down the national debt, Megan Whittemore, deputy press secretary for Rep. Eric Cantor, told me this morning.

In response to my analysis of Cantor’s annual earmark rejection, Whittemore had this to say:

“Congressman Cantor obviously took this position five years ago, when it wasn’t a popular position,” she said. “The congressman believes we should ban all earmarks until we fix the process–we need to put a process in place so they will not be used for favors.”

Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Washington Post editors  | April 22, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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