Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will push again for a one-year moratorium on earmarks, piggybacking on reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) may consider such a measure.
DeMint is likely to force a vote on the earmarks ban by offering a motion to suspend the rules this week at the conclusion of the Senate debate on an extenders bill.
The conservative senator renewed his push for an earmarks ban, which is similar to one he offered at the height of the healthcare debate in December, after reports indicated Pelosi may enact a complete ban on earmarks for one year.
“Nancy Pelosi and I don’t agree on many things, but if she’s willing to take a stand for taxpayers, I’ll work with her to put an end to the earmark favor factory,” DeMint said Monday in a statement.
"The Senate will have the opportunity this week to stand with Americans and put a stop to this wasteful spending," he added. "We need to focus on balancing the budget, not pork barrel spending that has wasted money on bridges to nowhere, teapot museums, and monuments to politicians.”
DeMint offered a similar motion in December, which was tabled by Democrats in a 53-46 vote. (Sen. Jim Bunning, a Republican from Kentucky, did not vote after skipping out on the final stages of the Senate healthcare debate.)
A DeMint aide said it wasn't clear whether or not the support from Pelosi would give DeMint's motion enough momentum to get a majority of votes in the Senate, though 67 votes are needed on such a measure.
Still, DeMint may move to have the rule adopted if his motion receives a majority of votes, the aide said.