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Associated Press, Published November 12 2010

North Dakota Sen.-elect Hoeven doesn't back earmark ban

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Sen.-elect John Hoeven doesn't support a ban on federal spending earmarks.

Hoeven spokesman Don Larson says Hoeven believes the budget process should be more open and accountable. But he says Hoeven won't be voting for a proposed ban on earmarks suggested by South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint.

An earmark is a spending request that a lawmaker puts into a bill.

North Dakota Taxpayers Association director Dustin Gawrylow says lawmakers should be required to put their names on earmark requests.

Gawrylow suggests lumping all earmarks into a single bill, so it's easy for taxpayers to find them and decide whether they make sense. He says they shouldn't be part of other legislation that has nothing to do with earmarks.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.