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 CoburnThe Trail 2016: Words matter Ex-Sen. Coburn: I won’t challenge Trump, I’ll vote for him Coburn: I haven't seen 'self-discipline' from Trump MORE (R-Okla.), John Ensign (R-Nev.), Mike EnziMike EnziSanford-Enzi 'Penny Plan' gets nation to a balanced budget Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention Judd Gregg: The silver lining MORE (R-Wyo.) and John CornynJohn CornynGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Hopes dim for mental health deal Overnight Finance: Senate punts on Zika funding | House panel clears final spending bill | Biz groups press Treasury on tax rules | Obama trade rep confident Pacific deal passes this year MORE (R-Texas). Sens. Richard BurrRichard BurrThe Trail 2016: Putting the past behind them The Hill's 12:30 Report Burr pledges to retire after one more Senate term MORE (R-N.C.) and Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsTrump starts considering Cabinet Trump tweets: 'Such a great honor' to be GOP nominee GOP nominates Trump for president MORE (R-Ala.) have also signed as co-sponsors, along with Sens.-elect Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Marco RubioMarco RubioBudowsky: Why Warren masters Trump Meghan McCain: ‘I no longer recognize my party’ Five ways Trump’s convention was a success MORE (R-Fla.), Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Ky.), Mike LeeMike LeeObama signs opioid bill Thiel said to explain support for Trump in convention speech Convention erupts at Cruz snub MORE (R-Utah), Ron JohnsonRon JohnsonThe Trail 2016: Putting the past behind them GOP groups scale back support for Sen. Johnson GOP works to unify around Trump MORE (R-Wis.) and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteKasich doesn't regret skipping convention Top GOP senator: Trump will have little effect on Senate races Hindu-American emerges as Trump mega-donor 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 McConnellWhy a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Trump is right about one thing Winners, losers of GOP convention 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.