Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban

Senate Republicans on Wednesday voted to keep a ban on earmarks in their caucus rules, a symbolic victory for conservatives that capped a weeks-long fight about spending in the post-Trump era.

They also added language supporting the idea of spending cuts for raising the debt ceiling, in a call back to the fiscal-hawk priorities that helped fuel the Tea Party wave and swept Republicans to power in 2010.

But top members of the caucus acknowledge the ban isn’t enforceable and that GOP senators who want to will be able to request and get earmarks.