The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs delayed a vote today on Sen. Tom Coburn’s bill to require a single congressional database of all earmark requests.
Though President Barack Obama called for such a database, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan, objected to voting on the bill, saying that it was too technically complex.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, countered with a letter from Nancy Erickson, the secretary of the Senate, saying that such a database would be technically feasible, cost $1 million and take two years to get up and running.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut Independent, said he would give the senators a chance to resolve their differences before bringing the bill up again, perhaps next week. Lieberman, the chairman of the committee, said the legislation has enough support to pass.