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Senate Republicans set for earmark showdown as some lawmakers decry 'wasteful spending'

Added 04-21-21 08:29:02am EST - “Senate Republicans on Wednesday will discuss whether to bring back earmarks --? setting up a battle between fiscal hawks who decry them as "wasteful" spending? and others who believe earmarks could help improve dealmaking in Congress.” - Foxnews.com

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Democratic Sen. Chris Coons and Republican Sen. John Cornyn on bills they're co-sponsoring and the importance of bipartisan effort in Congress

Senate Republicans on Wednesday will discuss whether to bring back earmarks -- setting up a battle between fiscal hawks who decry them as "wasteful" spending and others who believe earmarks could help improve dealmaking in Congress.

The discussion will happen at a regularly scheduled conference meeting, with a series of secret-ballot votes likely. None of the decisions made in the meeting will be binding on members, but they will indicate where the Senate GOP stands on the issue as Democrats, with majorities in each chamber, plan to use earmarks and House Republicans have already decided to join them. 

A Senate Republican's aide told Fox News that a series of votes are expected Wednesday, including a vote on whether to preserve the existing moratorium on earmarks. Votes are also expected on amendments proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, which could ban earmark money from going to the family of members or political organizations.

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