Senate votes down permanent earmark ban

Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., led an unsuccessful, 40-59, bipartisan effort to try to permanently ban congressionally directed spending known as earmarks.

Eight Republicans from the Appropriations Committee joined all of the panel’s Democrats to oppose the measure. The conservative Club for Growth said they consider this a "key vote."



Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

Mark Udall, D-Colo.

Mark Warner, D-Va.

Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Senate Republican leader, Appropriations Committee member


Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Appropriations Committee member

Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Appropriations Committee member

Thad Cochran, R-Mo., Appropriations Committee member

Susan Collins, R-Maine, Appropriations Committee member

John Hoeven, R-N.D., Appropriations Committee member

Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, Appropriations Committee member

James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Joe Lieberman, D-Conn.

Richard Lugar, R-Ind.

Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Appropriations Committee member

Harry Reid, D-Nev., Senate majority leader

Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Richard Shelby, R-Ala., Appropriations Committee member

Roger Wicker, R-Miss.