Sens. Toomey, McCaskill launch latest effort to end earmarks
U.S. Senators Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) today launched their latest effort to pass their bipartisan Earmark Elimination Act to ban earmarks, announcing that they will file their legislation as an amendment to S. 1813, the highway bill expected to be considered soon on the Senate floor. The Senators' announcement comes after an explosive report in today's Washington Post showing that $300 million in taxpayer money was earmarked for projects within two miles of properties owned by the very lawmakers who inserted the earmarks into legislation.