Meanwhile, Back In DC...

Jonathan Garthwaite
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Posted: Jan 10, 2008 10:48 AM
While most of the country has been focused on Iowa and New Hampshire, a battle inside the Republican caucus in the House is brewing.

Conservatives are demanding that House Minority Leader John Boehner fill an empty slot on the House Appropriations Committee with a fiscal hawk rather than the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman who could use the position to hand out earmarks for political gain.
Rep. Jeff Flake is the conservatives' choice for the position.

Flake has been the House’s most vocal critic against earmarks, often challenging pet projects on the floor late into the night to shame the members. Each week his office issues an “Egregrious Earmark of the Week” press release. The most recent, sent out on January 4, highlights a line-item for “dairy farm profitability in Pennsylvania” tucked into the Omnibus appropriations bill that will cost taxpayers $375,000.