Senator Lamar Alexander says the federal government needs to cut spending, but he doesn’t think a permanent ban on earmarks is the way to reach that goal.
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Lawmakers in Washington often bring federal dollars to Tennessee through the controversial earmarking process. But a recent Harvard Business School study found the state isn’t doing too well in comparison. Manuel Quinones has more from Washington.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is withdrawing his special funding requests for next year’s federal budget, saying the earmark process is in need of reform.
Congressional Democrats and Republicans have issued competing plans intended to reign in earmark spending. But it remains to be seen whether the U.S. Senate will be willing to go along with any restrictions.