Democrats Swim Against Anti-Earmark Tide

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The new Senate moratorium is a nonbinding statement. It doesn't outright block a lawmaker from seeking an earmark, and some GOP senators have said they still will try to find a way to win them.

"If the Obama administration and their bureaucrats in the federal agencies take action against the best interests of South Carolina, I will take swift action to correct their wrongs," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said.

Graham has been feuding with home-state GOP colleague Jim DeMint — a leader of the movement to ban earmarks — over an effort to win federal money for a project to deepen the Port of Charleston so it can accept larger ships.

Other Senate Republicans, like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, maintain they'll also try to find a way to earmark regardless.

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