Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) insisted Tuesday that he would resist a proposal to ban earmarks that President Barack Obama is expected to introduce in his State of the Union address.
Speaking to reporters following the Democratsí weekly caucus lunch, Reid made clear he had no intention of deviating from his long-standing support of the earmark process.
ďIím standing in the same place as I was,Ē Reid said. ďIt takes power away from the legislative branch of government. And I think thatís the wrong thing to do. I donít think itís helpful. Itís all ó itís a lot of pretty talk, but it is only giving the president more power. Heís got enough power already.Ē
Support for earmarks has historically been a bipartisan affair. But House and Senate Republicans recently adopted earmark bans for the balance of the 112th Congress.
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.