Earmarks have a long and fraught history in Washington and were banned in 2011 after several high-profile corruption scandals.
But some conservative groups aren't on board.
Could bringing back "earmarks" -- derided as pork barrel, insider spending just a few years ago -- be the unconventional solution for re-booting Congress? It just might be.
Of course, many factors other than politics come into play. Some states aren't good at writing grant proposals - researchers
So, basically, this "reform" was undertaken to make Congress better, and it's made it intractably worse across every conceivable
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Reid argued that the prohibition on earmarks was a mistake that tipped the balance
"Thad Cochran's reelection to the Senate means that K Street lobbyists can charge higher fees to lobby the Appropriations