ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says he won’t accept or submit earmark requests for spending bills this year.

Franken’s office made the announcement on Thursday, two days after Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye banned earmark requests for the next two years.

The Hawaii Democrat joined President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans in swearing off earmarks, which members of Congress use to reserve money for favored projects. Some Republicans have been promoting such a ban for several years.

Franken says he will continue pushing for federal funding through programs that benefit Minnesota residents and help constituents seeking federal grants and other funds.

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Comments (6)
  1. Go Minnesota... says:

    What has Sen Franken ever accomplished as a Senator? This guy is a bum, he got rid of RINO Coleman, but that’s about it. In fact Klobuchar isn’t any better. We have some pretty poor Senate representation in this state.

  2. RT says:

    Franken, will certainly try if given the option next year. What a hypocrite!

  3. Allah says:

    Only Minnesota would elect a hollywood wanna be….who prob hadnt even been in MN for a couple of decades…..because he was too busy running Air America into the ground……and we wont even get into all the money that came pouring in from out of the state……this guy is a pile of garbage….and not my senator….I did vote for him….and his wife is as hot as a St. Bernard in August…….what a pair….

  4. April says:

    No earmarks by any legislator should be a good thing unless your a conservative, Republicans or Tea Party elite who don’t have a clue when it comes to inclusive issues..

  5. Kristie says:

    Be pround Minnesotans of your distinguished senators. lol

  6. Jesse says:

    Franken requested 500 million two months ago. The bill failed and the only reason he is not accepting earmarks is because the Senator from Hawaii is stopping him. This is not his attempt to be fiscally responsiable.

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