By Rebecca Shabad - 11/14/14 02:12 PM EST
House Republicans on Friday overwhelmingly rejected bringing earmarks back to spending bills.
The decision was made at a closed-door meeting of the House GOP conference after Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) sought to change the conference's rules prohibiting earmarks.
“We had a very vigorous discussion. There’s no change in our policy; the ban stills exists,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said after the vote.
Cole said it was rejected by a “big margin” of about 2.5 to 1.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court Vote House Republicans out MORE (R-Ohio) opposed the resolution, Cole said, and made the case against reversing the current ban.
“[BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote Conservatives backing Trump keep focus on Supreme Court Vote House Republicans out MORE] pointed out there’s been a lot of corruption with this in the past; there’s been a lot of abuses with this … chairmen aggrandizing themselves, and it wasn’t a fair distribution, and it wasn’t awarded on merit,” Cole added.
Republicans should discuss the issue of earmarks with Democrats and even the Senate, Cole said.
Rep. Sean DuffySean DuffyDistrict Court right to target CFPB Tech groups file court brief opposing internet transition suit Yellen defends Fed from Trump attacks MORE (R-Wis.) took credit for leading the charge against reinstating earmarks.
"I again spoke against earmarks, just as I did in 2010 when, in my first act as the representative of Wisconsin's 7th District, I introduced a ban on earmarks that was adopted by both House and Senate Republicans,” Duffy said. "I am pleased that my Republican colleagues have, once again, taken a stand for fiscal responsibility.”
House Republicans first adopted the earmark ban in 2010.