Boehner Refuses to Rule Out Earmarks

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"Today, we have a moratorium on earmarks. I can tell you that if Republicans win the majority in November, it will not be business as usual here in Congress ... It will not be business as usual here in Washington, D.C. It will not be. It will not be business as usual." —House Minority Leader John Boehner, uncomfortably sidestepping the question, when asked on Fox News Sunday if he would put an end to earmark spending if he became House speaker after the midterm elections. Many analysts noted the GOP's "Pledge to America" does not mention earmarks at all, despite the issue's long-standing inclusion in Republican rhetoric. [HuffPo]