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Republicans in the House are considering a ban on all earmarks as a way to appeal to voters fed up with Washington's profligate spending.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) praised the move by House Democrats on Tuesday and pledged to force a vote this week on a similar earmark ban in the Senate.
"Nancy Pelosi and I don't agree on many things, but if she's willing to take a stand for taxpayers, I'll work with her to put an end to the earmark favor factory," DeMint said in a statement.
Congress awarded nearly $16 billion in earmarks for the current fiscal year, according to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense.
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