House Republicans will force a vote on an earmark moratorium tomorrow. The moratorium is sponsored by Rep. Jack Kingston. This measure was adopted by the House Republican Conference as the “standard” for earmark reform during a retreat last month.
Kingston’s moratorium would setup a committee to study earmarks and exclude certain earmarks from the appropriations process and would hold the Executive Branch accountable for its earmark requests.
Some members are swearing off earmarks on their own until Congress reviews the process. However, only two members from Georgia have joined that list (Lynn Westmoreland and Tom Price).
You can read the text of Kingston’s moratorium here.
[UPDATE] The moratorium failed, 204 to 196. It’s important to note that a “yea” vote was against the moratorium. Seven Democrats joined 189 Republicans to support the measure. Twenty-nine members did not vote, including nine Republicans.
All Georgia Republicans and Democratic Congressman John Barrow supported the measure. The rest of the Democrats from the state opposed it.