WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner regarding an earmark for Nevada in the highway bill passed by the Senate. The letter requests that the House remove the earmark if it considers the Senate bill or before agreeing to a Conference report.
In the letter, Johanns wrote, “If this earmark is allowed to remain in the highway bill, the original purpose of the earmark moratorium would be undermined and Congress will have broken the pledge we have to the American people that the practice of earmarking funds to specific states is on hiatus. In addition, I am concerned Congress would be setting a dangerous new precedent by allowing earmarks in legislation as long as the provision is not new spending. Therefore, I would ask that you remove this provision.”
Johanns opposed final passage of the highway bill.
Subsection (d) of Section 1516 of the highway bill – which rescinds unspent funds from a project in Nevada and directs that money to the state of Nevada – is an earmark under Rule 44 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.
Click here for the full text of the letter to Boehner.