Despite a growing uproar against runaway government spending in general and earmarks in particular, the Senate voted down a two year earmark ban, 56-39.
Several Republicans voted to preserve earmarks, including Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Bob Bennett of Utah, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Richard Lugar of Indiana, Richard Shelby of Alabama, and George Voinovich of Ohio.
Two Democrats, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Mark Udall of Colorado, voted for the ban.
Our newest senator, Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois, voted opposite to what his predecessor, Rod Blagojevich-appointee Roland Burris, surely would have done. Kirk was sworn in last night and voted against earmarks this morning.
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