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Ayotte making push to end congressional earmarks

Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire has signed on to a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers seeking to permanently end congressional earmarks.

“Congress has ample flexibility to exercise its power of the purse and represent the interests of our constituents without using earmarks. For instance, the appropriations process under regular order and our oversight authority gives members ample opportunity to set priorities and vet decisions with their elected peers,” according to a letter sent by the coalition to congressional leaders that was provided by Ayotte’s office.

The letter, led by Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., is being circulated to members of both parties in the Senate and House.

Ayotte has twice cosponsored legislation that would have permanently banned earmarks, but the efforts failed to win passage.

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