Sen.-elect John Boozman told capitol reporters today that he is unsure of where he’ll stand in a looming Senate debate over the future of earmarks.
Earmarks are specific funding requests that Congress supports to fund research, infrastructure and other local projects.
In the heated U.S. Senate race, Boozman opposed all earmarks – part of a unified stand taken by House Republicans as part of a one-year moratorium.
John Lyon with our content partner, the Arkansas News Bureau, reports:
Republican U.S. Sen.-elect John Boozman said today he supports reform of the earmarks process but is not sure he would support a flat-out ban on them in the Senate, though he joined a moratorium on earmarks in the U.S. House.
The Senate Republican Conference is expected to decide its policy on earmarks next week. Boozman, the 3rd District congressman who unseated Democratic incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Nov. 2 general election, said today he is “anxious to hear the discussion.”
“I think the earmark policy needs to be radically reformed. It needs to be transparent,” Boozman said after attending a Veterans Day ceremony today at the state Capitol.
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