Earmarks Aren’t Coming Back, Boehner Vows in New Video

 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
 (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Posted July 1, 2014 at 11:28am

Speaker John A. Boehner’s office is out with a new video slamming Senate Democrats and pledging that as long as the Ohio Republican is speaker, “there will be no earmarks.”  


In the video, which uses a score befitting an NFL Films promo, Boehner says the American people have entrusted House Republicans to do things differently.  

“So when it comes to earmarks, we’ve kept our promise,” he says in footage ripped from his weekly news conference on May 22. Boehner then ticks off a few pieces of legislation — appropriations bills, the defense authorization act, a highway bill and a water resources bill — that contain “no earmarks.”  

“But now we’ve got the two top Democrats in the Senate,” Boehner says, as the video cuts to a still shot of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid giving Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin a solemn, Dad-like shoulder grab, “who are plotting to try to reinstate pork-barrel earmarks into bills.”  

The video then cuts to Reid, who says earmarks will come back; it’s only a question of when.  

Cut to a younger Boehner on the House floor, giving a speech presumably about earmarks.  

“My positions hasn’t changed, and the position of our team has not changed,” Boehner says. “It’s more than just about dollars and cents, it’s about earning the trust of the people we serve.  

“As long as I’m speaker, there will be no earmarks,” he says, as the video ends with the horns reaching a crashing crescendo and an advertisement for speaker.gov stretching across the screen.