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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.