Nevertheless, even some Republicans are continuing to resist the idea of a ban. The Senate Republican Conference voted Tuesday in favor of a nonbinding, two-year earmark ban for its members, but only after Sen. James Inhofe (Okla.) voiced his strong objections. While he did not block a voice vote on the resolution, he has indicated he will ignore the Conference’s earmark ban.
McCaskill acknowledged that there remains strong opposition to the idea of a ban within the Democratic Conference, and she said that even a voluntary, internal ban on the practice — similar to one that Republicans adopted Tuesday afternoon — would have difficulty passing.
“I don’t think we would be successful. There hasn’t been a huge appetite yet on this side of the aisle to stop this process. Mark Udall was a pleasant surprise yesterday and I’m hoping for a pleasant surprise tomorrow,” McCaskill said.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.