Republican lawmakers said they did not have time to adequately review the spending bill before it was presented.
Democrats countered that the earmark requests from all lawmakers had been in the measure for months and said no Republican seeking earmarks had objected to their inclusion in the appropriations bills that made up the spending measure presented Tuesday…
“It’s incredible,” said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for Citizens Against Government Waste, a Washington group. “If you are against earmarks, you should have pulled your request. We are encouraging the Senate to vote against this bill. We hope to pressure them to do the right thing.”
So far, no legislator has moved to pull earmarks from the bill.