Boehner and Cantor to support earmark ban

Presumptive Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) and presumptive House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced that their GOP conference would vote next week to ban all earmarks.

“Next week the House Republican Conference, including all of our newly elected Members, will vote on a measure that would impose an immediate ban on earmarks at the start of the 112th Congress,” the leaders said in a joint statement.

Boehner and Cantor called earmarks “a symbol of a dysfunctional Congress” that “serve as a fuel line for the culture of spending that has dominated Washington for too long.”