Senate Republicans have voted in a closed-door caucus to permanently eliminate earmarks in government spending bills.
Congress first banned earmarks in 2011, after Republicans took back the House in 2010. But that ban expired in January, with the start of the 116th Congress, meaning lawmakers could have tried to insert earmarks into fiscal year 2020 government funding bills. Earmarks are a way for legislators to fit in their own personal projects, whether it be for their constituents or lobbyists, to much larger spending bills.
President Trump has previously praised earmarks, saying “I hear so much about earmarks…and how there was a great friendliness when you had earmarks.”