On earmarks, the targeted spending items inserted by members to direct federal dollars to their states and districts, Mr. Boehner said it will be a “collective decision” by the entire House Republican Conference whether to continue this year’s ban on earmarks. But he added that he supports a continuation.
“My colleagues and my constituents know where I stand. I told my constituents in 1990: If you believe it’s important to have a representative in Washington who will go there and raid the federal Treasury on your behalf, you should probably vote for someone else,” he said.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, Virginia Republican who is second in the House GOP hierarchy, said he, too, wants to end earmarks.
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