For Friday, November 5, 2010
POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Nov 5, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 1:57 a.m. HST, Nov 5, 2010
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's support for earmarking federal spending has not changed despite President Barack Obama saying he is open to working on a moratorium on the practice.
Asked to respond to Obama's comments, Inouye said in a statement yesterday that he still believes congressionally directed spending is an important part of Congress' constitutional duty.
The Democratic chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee also says earmarks have been vital to the economic infrastructure of Hawaii and the rest of the nation.