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Wisconsin senators split on whether to ban earmarks

WASHINGTON DC (WAOW)--Wisconsin's two U.S. senators split on whether to ban earmarks, an effort that was rejected in the senate Tuesday. Russ Feingold voted in favor a ban. Herb Kohl was opposed to it.

Earmarks are added to spending bills. Some consider the allocations "pet projects" for lawmakers. A watchdog group claims earmark spending went from $8 billion in 1994 to a peak of $27 billion in 2005.

Democrats, including Kohl and a handful of republicans combined to defeat the proposed ban. The issue could come up again next session as a band of anti-earmark republicans joins the senate next year.

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