Earmarks reviled, but lawmakers fail to push through ban

An effort by Senate Republicans to pass a measure that would temporarily ban earmarks fizzled on Tuesday. Although reviled, earmarks can make it possible to push through infrastructure projects. For instance, two port projects on the East Coast, one in Charleston, S.C., and the other in Savannah, Ga., need federal funds -- and soon -- to expand in time to meet the needs of the larger ships that will soon move through the Panama Canal to U.S. ports.

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