Contact Us

Franken Says He Won’t Seek Earmarks This Year

Al Franken
Getty Images

ST. PAUL  (AP) — Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota says he won’t accept or submit earmark requests for spending bills this year.

Franken’s office made the announcement on Thursday, two days after Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye banned earmark requests for the next two years.

The Hawaii Democrat joined President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans in swearing off earmarks, which members of Congress use to reserve money for favored projects. Some Republicans have been promoting such a ban for several years.

Franken says he will continue pushing for federal funding through programs that benefit Minnesota residents and help constituents seeking federal grants and other funds.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Best of WJON

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wjon.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a member? Sign up here

Register on AM 1240 WJON quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive The WJON VIP Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.