Jillian Bandes

There have been whispers that Pelosi might move to install a more widespread ban of earmarks. And one anti-earmark crusader in the Senate is Sen. Jim DeMint, (R-S.C.) who is attempting to push an earmarks ban in the Senate by forcing a vote. That would require 67 Senators.

What was remarkable about the GOP House Conference ban is that it was done by a voice vote. In other words, there was so much unanimous consent that no hand-counting was needed. That means that Congressmen like Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), who has typically been opposed to earmark reform, weren’t skipping out on the chance to reform.

Perhaps someone told him it was an election year.


Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com