A group of 15 Senate Republicans signed a letter Monday stating that they will not support a proposal reversing a ban on earmarks.
“We will not vote to repeal it. We will not participate in an inherently wasteful spending practice that is prone to serious abuse,” the letter read.
Senate Republicans plan to vote Wednesday on whether to lift their decade-long ban on earmarks, the practice of directing money to specific projects in lawmakers’ districts. Democrats plan to revive earmarks, which in the past had been a tool to get legislation passed by adding sweeteners for individual members.
The GOP senators who signed span the ideological spectrum and include members of leadership, staunch allies of former president Donald Trump and the most vocal critics of Trump.
They are Sens. Mike Braun of Indiana, John Cornyn of Texas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Steve Daines of Montana, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Cynthia M. Lummis of Wyoming, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mitt Romney of Utah, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Rick Scott of Florida and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania.