House Republicans on Thursday agreed by unanimous consent to extend their earmark moratorium through the 112th Congress.
Although the ban only applies to House Republicans, it would effectively end the practice for the entire House. The GOP will control the floor next year, and leaders have said they will not bring up bills that include earmarks.
The extension of the earmark moratorium comes days after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he would support a similar moratorium in his Conference. McConnell has long been a supporter of the practice.
Despite Thursday’s decision, some House Republicans have said they expect the earmark ban will have to be readdressed later in the year when issues such as highway funding come up.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.