Members of Congress warn that earmarks won’t go away just because John McCain thinks they’re wasteful, Politico reports. On the stump, the would-be president has been threatening to veto any spending bill containing earmarks; such a move would be "an executive branch power grab" that would bring government to a standstill, say members of his own party.
The Constitution is very specific and very clear about who appropriates money,” says Florida Rep. Bill Young. “Not all earmarks are pork-barrel spending.” Many allegedly wasteful items are actually popular and legitimate projects like veterans’ hospitals. “What a President McCain could do is make Congress pay closer attention to earmarks,” Young adds.