WASHINGTON – Senator Mike Braun Thursday introduced an amendment to cut all of the earmarks out of the omnibus spending bill. The amendment will be voted on by the U.S. Senate.
The omnibus spending package, which passed the House Wednesday and is expected to pass the Senate Thursday night, is $1.5 trillion of federal spending, including 367 pages’ worth of earmarks – or pet projects that House Representatives and Senators have added to the package.
These earmarks are worth more than $8 billion.
Senator Braun’s amendment would cut all of those “pork barrel” projects from the bill and will be voted on at a threshold of 50 votes.