House Lawmakers Ponder Pork And Campaign Cash The House is scheduled to take up a government spending package Wednesday that is loaded with earmarks — nearly 8,600 of them. At the same time, lawmakers also will consider a resolution on investigating the links between earmarks and campaign contributions.
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House Lawmakers Ponder Pork And Campaign Cash

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NPR's Peter Overby reports.

PETER OVERBY: The resolution comes from Arizona Republican Jeff Flake. He's become one of the chamber's most ardent critics of earmarks. He offered the resolution Monday evening.

JEFF FLAKE: This is not a partisan resolution, because this is not a partisan issue. I would implore my colleagues not to treat it as such.

OVERBY: Flake's resolution mentions no lawmakers or parties, no lobbyists or dollar amounts. He said both parties have to fight the proliferation of earmarks.

FLAKE: Some may argue that the absence of a visible quid pro quo with regard to earmarks and campaign contributions absolves us from all responsibility to take action on this resolution. After all, investigations are moving ahead. Shouldn't they just take their course? This is certainly an option, but consider the cost to the reputation of this body.

OVERBY: Peter Overby, NPR News, Washington.

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