Sen. Mike Johanns says the Republican Caucus in the Senate supports a number of measures designed to rein in federal spending.
The Senate Republican Conference has once again voted to ban earmarks.
“I supported this when it was first proposed in 2010. I supported it again this year,” Johanns says.
Through earmarks, individual senators can direct money for pet projects in their states. Earmarks normally fall outside the budgetary process. Critics contend they have been abused and have cost the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars.
Johanns says the banning of earmarks is an important first step toward curbing spending.
“It’s important that we work from every angle to fix our nation’s fiscal situation,” according to Johanns. “And I just believe that earmarks we’re so poorly handled in the past that people just have an attitude toward them, justifiably so again, that they’re just wrong.”
Senate Republicans met to discuss goals for the upcoming Congress which convenes at the first of the year. Republicans also have endorsed a moratorium on unfunded mandates and new entitlement program spending, a balanced budget constitutional amendment, and a cap on discretionary domestic spending at 2008 levels.
AUDIO: Sen. Mike Johanns on Republican Senate fiscal goals for upcoming Congress. [1:25]