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Inhofe Vows To Fight Earmarks Ban

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"If you kill an earmark... it doesn't save one cent, not a cent, it is merely ceded to the Executive Branch," Inhofe told Human Events magazine.

Earlier this week, House Democrats announced a ban on directing budget funds to for-profit companies. House Republicans followed that by saying they wouldn't request any earmarks at all -- period -- for one year. Attention now turns to the Senate, but Inhofe, for one, is pledging to work against any such measures.

Inhofe told Human Events that he would vote against any proposed earmark ban, and that he would "speak against it and make sure [his fellow Senators] understand what they're doing."

Instead, Inhofe says he will continue to push for a spending freeze on all discretionary spending on "non-security" appropriations.

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