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Taxpayers advocates said the change isn’t surprising.

“The NDIC vote didn’t really surprise me, because its greatest patron isn’t there anymore,” said Steve Ellis, a vice president at Taxpayers for Common Sense.

He said freshman lawmakers appeared to be perfectly at ease in voting down leaders’ priorities, and without the power to dole out earmarks, the leaders didn’t have the tools to bargain with those junior members.

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