Mar 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House GOP reverses earmarks ban

Kevin Mccarthy speaking at a podium.

U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Republican conference voted to reverse its ban earmarks during a closed-doors meeting, four sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios.

Why it matters: The vote comes as Democrats prepare to restore a limited version of earmarks and ahead of the party's expected effort to push through a big-ticket infrastructure bill.

  • Be smart: Earmarks give appropriators the power to direct spending to lawmakers districts to pay for special projects, writes Axios Kadia Goba. A series of scandals involving members in both parties prompted a moratorium on earmarks in 2011.
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