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In a disappointing turn, the Senate voted last night against the DeMint amendment for a moratorium on earmarks for the 2009 fiscal year. The good guys voting for the ban:
Among the votes to continue business as usual, the most disappointing were erstwhile conservatives and good-government types Sens. Hagel, Brownback, Crapo, Craig, Bunning, Hutchison, Lugar, Wicker, Shelby, and Vitter. Still, Sen. DeMint and his allies deserve a huge cheer for advancing the issue this far in the face of tremendous institutional opposition. Given progress in the House and within the Bush Administration, this fight isn't over.