- Associated Press - Sunday, November 7, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, on Sunday said that banning pork-barrel projects known as “earmarks” from congressional legislation is more complicated than it appears but that he is willing to consider such a ban.

Mr. McConnell said that ending the common practice of slipping funding requests for home-state projects into legislation won’t cut spending. A ban on earmarks will only reduce discretionary spending and not the full budget.

Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, has said he wants to ban all lawmakers’ requests for specific spending. President Obama has backed that idea.

Mr. McConnell said Republicans are ready to cut federal spending.

MR. McConnell spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”


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