Ryan stops vote on bringing back earmarks

by Megan R. Wilson | TheHill.com  |  published on November 17, 2016

paul_ryan

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday persuaded GOP lawmakers to postpone a vote on a measure to bring back legislative earmarks.

The House Republican conference was set to vote on an amendment to the House GOP rules that would allow lawmakers to direct pieces of spending for pet causes in their districts, under certain circumstances.

Republican Reps. John Culberson (Texas), Mike Rogers (Ala.) and Tom Rooney (Fla.) filed the amendment, which would have been voted on through a secret ballot during the GOP leadership elections on Wednesday. Ryan convinced his colleagues to postpone the vote until the first quarter of 2017.

“After a long debate, it was clear there’s a lot of pent up frustration with ceding spending authority to the Executive Branch,” said one source in the room. “Based on the comments by members, it was likely that an earmark amendment would have passed. Ultimately, the speaker stepped in and urged that we not make this decision today.”

“[Ryan] said we just had a ‘drain the swamp’ election and cannot turn right around and bring back earmarks behind closed doors,” the source continued.

  • kajohns55

    Riders should be banned too.

  • justinwachin

    Doing legislative dirty work through secret balloting should not be allowed. The American people have a right to know what their politicians are voting to do. If Congress wants to bring back earmarks they should publicly debate the issue and vote publicly on it. If they don’t want their constituents to hear the debate or know how they voted that is a pretty good indication of how they should vote on the issue.

  • Dexter L. Wilson

    Republicans must set the example for the Democrats. There is one thing that the Republicans must emulate from the Democrats. Because they would not back down and follow the 2/3rd’s acceptance of cloture on debate, we must follow their example and use the nuclear option of just a majority if we want to get anything passed including the vote on Strict constructionist Jurists for the appellate and Supreme Courts.

  • Murph68

    Maybe there’s hope for Ryan yet…….but he had better be prepared to dig in his heels and fight his own party on sneaky backroom deals like these earmarks. It’s time to put the best interests of the ENTIRE country first & not cow-tow to special interests and legislative districts. Here’s another argument for term limits.

  • Rodney Steward

    These ear marks has cost this country dearly on it’s debt! The 2.5 million to watch a D’N shrimp run on a tread mill, that a high school student could have done, or maybe use to, they’ve been dumb down under the last 2 administrations!

  • Jose

    Those with “political clout” always end up with the bigger piece of the pie and “We, the people” have to pay for the whole pie whether we like it or not. Why should one state/district end up with a bigger piece of the pie and the rest only get the crumbs.

  • Gary S

    Single issue legislation! One page. No additions.
    Seems simple enough.

  • MikeS

    You jerks damn well better not bring it back. What a bunch of 2 faced, double talking asshole politicians. You are definitely not there to serve the people.

Google Analytics Alternative