From a non-Appropriator Senate source e-mail:
All, we received an update from our friendly source about this morning’s secret meeting of Senate GOP appropriations chairmen. Our understanding is that the GOP appropriations “cardinals” are split on whether or not to abandon their quest for earmarks this or year to move forward as if last week’s election never happened.
According to our source, approximately half of the Senate GOP cardinals favored a “continuing resolution” to provide government funding for the remainder of this year. Under a continuing resolution, no new earmarks would receive federal funding. However, a number of other Senate GOP cardinals wanted to move forward with individual appropriations bills to ensure that their earmarks would receive funding as soon as possible.