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David R. Obey

House Democrats act to ban corporate earmarks

Maryland employers, particularly those in the defense and aerospace industries, could take a hit from an election-year decision Wednesday by House Democrats to ban corporate earmarks in 2010.

In an attempt to contest Republicans for the "reform" mantle, Democratic leaders in the House said they won't approve funding requests for corporate projects this year. Such earmarks are among the most controversial because of the potential for scandal.

House Republicans responded by calling for an end to all earmarks, not just those that go directly to corporations.

House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey of Wisconsin said he hoped the result would be 1,000 fewer...