Reichert, McMorris Rodgers Back Earmark Break

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — Republican Reps. Dave Reichert and Cathy McMorris Rodgers are taking a one-year break from pet projects known as earmarks.

The two Washington state members of Congress say they will voluntarily adopt a one-year moratorium as a way to protest a system they say has been abused for personal and political gain.

McMorris Rodgers said she is proud of her record on earmarks, which she said have helped Eastern Washington business, agriculture, cultural and educational interests. Still, she said the system hurts taxpayers and encourages corruption.

Reichert agreed, saying, “Sometimes you have to do what you think is right no matter what the consequences.”

The Senate killed an amendment Thursday night that would have placed a one-year moratorium on earmarks.