U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement regarding the Senate Republican Conference’s adoption of his amendment to permanently ban earmarks in the 116th Congress and beyond. 

“The last thing taxpayers need is for the same politicians who racked up a $22 trillion national debt to go on an earmark binge,” said Senator Sasse. “It's pretty simple: Earmarks are a crummy way to govern and they have no business in Congress. Backroom deals, kickbacks, and earmarks feed a culture of constant incumbency and that’s poisonous to healthy self-government. This is an important fight and I’m glad that my Republican colleagues agreed with my rules change to make the earmark ban permanent.” 

Background: 

In 2011, Congress first implemented a moratorium on earmarks. This ban expired at the beginning of the 116th Congress in January. Senator Sasse’s amendment restores the prohibition not just for the 116th Congress but for future Congresses as well. 

Without Sasse’s Amendment, earmarks would have returned. 

Today’s decision to support Sasse’s earmark ban amendment comes after House Democrats, and even some Senate Republicans, had supported the return of earmarks.