DeMint splits with Democrats over earmarks

ou may recall that after the last election, Jim DeMint formed an unusual alliance with Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats against earmarks. I also posted a video with the junior senator reflecting in positive tones about what it was like to work with Democrats.

The coalition has apparently not hung together all that well. I got this release today from Sen. DeMint’s office:

Today, Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) asked unanimous consent to immediately enact earmark reforms that passed the Senate unanimously in January. After 6 months of delay, Democrats again objected and signaled they intend to weaken the earmark reforms behind closed doors in conference. Below are videos of DeMint’s speech and text of his prepared remarks.

– Wesley M. Denton
  Communications Director
  Office of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)

Mr. Denton was thoughtful enough to pass along these two videos as well.