Any minute this afternoon, Senate Republicans will formally join House Republicans in swearing off earmarks in the federal budget.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell surrendered on Monday – recognizing that a fight with tea party enthusiasts over a statistically tiny amount of money would block debate over larger spending issues.
Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss issued this statement on the topic:
“The American people are rightly concerned about reducing federal spending. Now that there appears to be an agreement to oppose earmarks, I hope Congress will begin a serious discussion of how to cut federal spending on larger, more meaningful scale.
“I have consistently voted for the elimination of earmarks in the past and will support the earmark-moratorium resolution today.
But Georgia’s senior senator left himself a glass case to crack open in case of an emergency:
“However, there are times when crises arise or issues come forth of such importance to Georgia, such as critical support to the port of Savannah, and the nation that I reserve the right to ask Congress and the president to approve funding.”