Moments ago, Senate Republicans approved a voluntary two-year moratorium on earmarks by a “virtually unanimous” vote, according to Sen. Jim DeMint (R, S.C.), who introduced the proposal along with Sen. Tom Coburn (R, Okla.). They also approved a resolution urging Senate Democrats to enact their own ban, though that doesn’t seem likely as Democrats continue to defend the earmarking process.
However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid indicated today that he would be open to holding a vote on a Senate-wide earmark ban. “I would be happy to work, to set up a reasonable time to have a debate on that and have a vote on it,” Reid told reporters at a press conference.
Meanwhile, one outspoken opponent of the ban, Sen Jim Inhofe (R, Okla.) has vowed to keep earmarking, presumably begging for a Tea Party challenger in 2014.