Sen. Larry Craig has desperately sought to prove his decision to stay in the Senate was about serving Idaho, not his own interests. He got some help Thursday by a story in The Hill.
The Capitol newspaper, which broke the story on his arrest and guilty plea to charges resulting from a men’s rest room sting, reported today that Senate leaders have apparently backed off stripping Craig of his “earmarks.”
Earmarks are provisions adding funding to spending bills for a congressman’s own preferred programs. Craig has 84 earmarks, the Hill said in various appropriation bills and is the only sponsor for 22 of them says Taxpayers for Common Sense.
These earmarks include funding for the Idaho National Laboratory, the state’s universities and all kinds of projects Idaho leaders worried would be lost when Craig leaves.
So far that includes language salmon advocates say is aimed at overruling a federal judge’s orders by requiring federal officials to implement a plan for 10 Idaho dams that was replaced Wednesday by federal fisheries officials.