Even as some in the liberal mainstream media appear determined to spark a civil war among Senate Republicans, 11 of them are planning to move next week that the entire caucus join the House GOP caucus in an earmark moratorium for the 112th Congress.
The group includes Jim DeMint, R-SC, Tom Coburn, R-OK, John Ensign, R-NV, Mike Enzi, R-WY, and John Cornyn, R-TX, along with Senators-elect Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio of Florida, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.
“Americans want Congress to shut down the earmark favor factory, and next week I believe House and Senate Republicans will unite to stop pork barrel spending,” DeMint said. “Instead of spending time chasing money for pet projects, lawmakers will be able to focus on balancing the budget, reforming the tax code and repealing the costly health care takeover.”
And in a related development, DeMint is co-sponsoring an amendment Cornyn plans to offer that would put the Senate GOPers on record in support of a constitutional amendment requiring the federal budget to be balanced and thereby force Congress to put the brakes on government spending and require a supermajority to raise taxes.
“Senator Cornyn's amendment is critical to stopping the runaway spending that is mortgaging our children’s' future,” DeMint said. “Republicans should fully support a Balanced Budget Amendment that would require us to end the skyrocketing debt without raising taxes on American families.”
Funny, Cornyn and DeMint working together to stop earmarks, require a balanced budget and prevent future tax increases without a congressional supermajority. DeMint was the major force behind the Senate Conservative Fund that contributed mightily the victories of many of the incoming GOP senators, while Cornyn headed the Senate Republican Campaign Committee that made some moves earlier in the 2010 campaign that were strongly criticized by conservatives.