Democrats who voted to strike one of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) earmarks from a spending bill say the Speaker shouldn’t take it personally.
Five Democratic members voted for an amendment offered last week that would have stricken an earmark sponsored by Pelosi from the energy and water appropriations bill.
The amendment offered by Rep. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeGOP sets sights on internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: GOP chairman to propose high-skilled visa overhaul | Zuckerberg's 5,700 word letter | Tech lobbies gear up ahead of internet fight Senate Dem blasts GOP for trying to repeal broadband privacy rules MORE (R-Ariz.) failed, 125-301.
Pelosi’s earmark seeks $2 million for the Fort Mason Center Pier 2 Project, which is based in Pelosi’s San Francisco district.
The five Democrats who voted to strike the money from the bill were Walt Minnick (Idaho), Jim Cooper (Tenn.), Melissa Bean (Ill.), Bobby Bright (Ala.) and Ron KindRon KindOvernight Tech: House weighs laws for driverless cars | Dems hit FCC chief on broadband | A new online fundraising tool | Microsoft calls for a 'digital Geneva Convention' House Dems rip FCC chief over internet subsidy program Saving for college? Start early and tell Congress to support this bill. MORE (Wis.).
Pelosi, as is the custom on most roll calls, did not vote.
John Foster, Minnick’s communications director, said his boss voted to strip the provision from the bill because “Walt believes strongly that the earmark process should be eliminated.
“Walt has voted consistently for every measure to strip earmarks from legislation, and that has at times meant voting against the earmarks of friends, colleagues and members of leadership. It is not personal,” Foster added.
Cooper “believes our earmark process needs to be reformed” and votes against earmarks regardless of who the sponsor is, according to Peter Boogaard, Cooper’s press secretary.
Bean’s, Bright’s and Kind’s spokesmen did not comment by press time.
Most Republican members of the Appropriations Committee voted to support the Speaker’s earmark.