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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 3:40am

Isakson, Chambliss Vote To Stop Earmarks

U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson voted in favor of a two-year moratorium on pork barrel earmarks, joining with fellow Republicans in an effort to halt a popular political practice they've both used to funnel money to projects in Georgia.

Chambliss and Isakson voted for the nonbinding resolution in a private Republican conference Tuesday afternoon. Chambliss, however, left the door open, saying in a statement that that there are "times when crises arise or issues come forth of such importance to Georgia" he'd reserve the right to ask Congress and the president to approve funding.

Chambliss mentioned critically needed support for the port of Savannah. Isakson also said he would continue fight for funding for the state while working to cut federal spending.