Sen. Tom Coburn gets anti-pork amendment passed

…. in the Senate. From Mark Tapscott’s blog:

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, was successful yesterday in securing Senate passage of an amendment that he believes “will lift the veil of secrecy that conceals the process of inserting special projects – or pork – into appropriations bills.”

Tapscott goes on to report:

The Coburn amendment requires that any limitation, directive, or earmarking be included in the bill’s conference report. Previous Senate procedures allowed the Senate to automatically approve earmarks or special projects included in the House version of an appropriations bill.

Excellent. The amendment has to pass the House, though, and of course be signed into law by the President. It remains to be seen whether that happens. I hope it does. All this comes not long after the President announced to the American people that Congress wasn’t going to raise taxes in order to pay for the Katrina relief and rebuild effort, but instead take a serious look at the budget in order to make some ‘hard choices’ in cutting the pork out of it.

(Hat tip: John Cole)

On a related note, Coburn will be holding a press confrence today at 1:30 PM ET along with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Jim DeMint (R-SC), John Ensign (R-NV), John Sununu (R-NH), and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in which they will discuss a list of options in order find savings to pay for our Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts, which we know will cost billions.

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