A quick recap on where things stand with earmarks: Senate and House Republicans have both voted among themselves not to request any earmarks, though neither of those agreements are strictly binding. Since Republicans control the House Appropriations Committee, and Democrats control the Senate Appropriations Committee, it has seemed possible that Senate and House negotiators would come to the table with earmarks in the Senate versions of spending bills, and no earmarks in the House versions (unless some Republicans--Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), ahem--request them anyway.

Obama's pledge seems to nullify all that speculation.


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