Johanns joins move to ban earmarks

So far, he has the backing of at least 14 lawmakers.  


The earmark moratorium is supported by Sens. DeMint, Tom CoburnTom Coburn'Path of least resistance' problematic for Congress Freedom Caucus saved Paul Ryan's job: GOP has promises to keep Don't be fooled: Carper and Norton don't fight for DC MORE (R-Okla.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), Mike EnziMike EnziCongress needs to support the COINS Act The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Budget committee approves Trump's OMB deputy MORE (R-Wyo.) and John CornynJohn CornynGOP ObamaCare fight faces do-or-die procedural vote Conservative groups hammer Senate healthcare reform bill Senate adds penalty for going uninsured to healthcare bill MORE (R-Texas). Sens. Richard BurrRichard BurrAn unlikely home in DC Senate intel panel to hold hearing on Russian meddling in Europe The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-N.C.) and Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsMcCaskill attended reception at Russian ambassador's residence in 2015 Sessions: Supreme Court travel ban order a victory for separation of powers Russia recalling ambassador at center of Trump campaign controversy: report MORE (R-Ala.) have also signed as co-sponsors, along with Sens.-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Marco RubioMarco RubioThe Memo: Trump seeks to put his stamp on nation Rubio: 'I hope' Mexican elections won't end partnership against cartels Election hacking fears turn heat on Homeland Security MORE (R-Fla.), Rand PaulRand PaulGOP ObamaCare fight faces do-or-die procedural vote Conservative groups hammer Senate healthcare reform bill The Memo: Trump seeks to put his stamp on nation MORE (R-Ky.), Mike LeeMike LeeConservative groups hammer Senate healthcare reform bill The Memo: Trump seeks to put his stamp on nation Five takeaways from the CBO score on Senate ObamaCare bill MORE (R-Utah), Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonGOP ObamaCare fight faces do-or-die procedural vote Conservative groups hammer Senate healthcare reform bill The Memo: Trump seeks to put his stamp on nation MORE (R-Wis.) and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteOPINION: Democracy will send ISIS to the same grave as communism Kelly Ayotte joins defense contractor's board of directors Week ahead: Comey firing dominates Washington MORE (R-N.H.).

"The current earmark process contributes to the notion that members of Congress must focus on ‘bringing home the bacon’ instead of getting our country’s fiscal house in order," Johanns said. "I have supported previous proposals to ban earmarks and I will support this one.”

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP ObamaCare fight faces do-or-die procedural vote Conservative groups hammer Senate healthcare reform bill The Memo: Trump seeks to put his stamp on nation MORE (R-Ky.) has said any campaign to eliminate earmarks is a distraction from larger spending cuts that need to be made. He's also argued that giving up earmarks would give the executive branch too much power to spend money on its priorities.