Harry Reid’s Ethics Bill Eviscerates Earmark Reform

by Rob Bluey | July 30, 2007 4:22 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has rewritten his signature ethics reform bill[1] to strip it of meaningful earmark reform, a remarkable development for a Democrat who promised to clean up Washington. Text of the bill was released this morning and is available at the Porkbusters[2] website. Senators Tom Coburn (R.-Okla.) and Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) have promised a fight.

The chart below was put together by Coburn’s office to show the extent of the changes. Meanwhile, DeMint’s office says the senator will offer an amendment[3] with his earmark reform language, which was agreed to on a 98-0 vote[4] in January. The concern is that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.), fearful of picking a fight over ethics reform, might cave in to Reid.

Cross-posted on RobertBluey.com[5].

Endnotes:
  1. rewritten his signature ethics reform bill: http://
  2. Porkbusters: http://porkbusters.org/2007/07/weak_tea_indeed_democratic_lea.php#004606
  3. offer an amendment: http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=18889906-1321-0e36-ba69-a0cfe09f191c
  4. 98-0 vote: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00011
  5. RobertBluey.com: http://RobertBluey.com

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