Pork Wars:


The stuff you miss when you go out to lunch. Today, Rep. [sw: Jeff Flake] (R-Ariz.) challenged earmarks on the floor of the House. This was an outgrowth of the all-out Pork War between Flake, [sw: Mike Pence] (R-Ind.) and their nemisis Appropriations Chairman [sw: Jerry Lewis] (R-Calif.) that began during the debate on lobbying, ethics, and earmark reform. Tim Chapman at Townhall’s Capitol Report and Andy Roth from the Club for Growth blog have both blogged the debate. Rep. [sw: Henry Bonilla] (R-Tex.) took the floor to proclaim his displeasure in Flake’s earmark challenges by telling Flake that his amendments to strip the earmarks out of the legislation were “the definition of ‘insanity’.” Earmark hall of famer [sw: Alan Mollohan] (D-W.Va.) makes a cameo — defending one of his earmarks.