John Boehner warns Harry Reid ready to reinstate earmark spending

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House Speaker John Boehner, who has vowed to ban congressional earmarks for pork barrel projects, is warning that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his deputy, Sen. Dick Durbin, are readying a package of special projects funding like the old “bridge to nowhere.”

In a new video distributed by the Speaker’s office, Boehner heralded his five-year effort to ban earmarks from major spending bills.

But, he said, “now we’ve got the two Democrats in the Senate who are plotting to try and reinstate pork barrel earmarks.” The video shows Reid saying, “Congressionally directed spending will come back.”

In a note accompanying the video, Boehner said:

Remember earmarks? The ‘bridge to nowhere’? The days when politicians couldn’t spend your money fast enough on pet projects?

Well, we could see a return of all that, if Senator Harry Reid and his party’s leaders have their way.

This is what it’s come to for Senate Democrats. They’ve shut down the Senate to good ideas — especially ones that will help create jobs — and now they’re trying to revive a bad one.

We’ve been there, we’ve seen that, and we’re not going back to that nonsense. As long as I’m Speaker, there will be no earmarks.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at