Mitch McConnell shifts course, backs earmark moratorium; Rand Paul called for end earlierSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Mon, 11/15/2010 - 16:11
WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a major proponent of congressional earmarks, announced Monday that he will support a moratorium on the requests for spending on local projects in the next Congress.
The Kentucky Republican said in remarks on the Senate floor that he had considered the voters’ message on Nov. 2 — when the GOP took control of the House and gained seats in the Senate — and did not want to be guilty of ignoring their wishes.
“Make no mistake. I know the good that has come from the projects I have helped support throughout my state. I don’t apologize for them,” McConnell said.