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Earmark Fight Poses Problem for Harry Reid, Dean Heller

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will open himself up to conservatives’ criticism if he fights for a $45 million earmark that would create jobs in his home state of Nevada.

Zimmermann also said that if the language remains in the bill, it will likely be an issue in conference with the Republican-led House, where the GOP has sworn off all earmarks. The Senate ban only appears to cover earmarks in appropriations bills, Zimmermann noted.

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