Portman Co-Signs Earmark Funding Ban, Area Reps Weigh Merits

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Federal funds should be allocated through a merit-based, competitive process rather than via congressional earmarks, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman said.  Portman is among a group of senators who introduced legislation Monday to enact a permanent ban on earmarks.  “Particularly at a time of record debt, it’s more important than ever to reduce unnecessary and wasteful spending, and members of Congress shouldn’t be able to get earmarks based on their seniority,”

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