Senate Calls for Justice Probe of House Earmark

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What was at stake in the Senate was whether an earmark, incorrectly inserted into the Highway bill, needed correction in the House. Coburn's Republican fix was defeated. Boxer got the Democratic amendment approved. Drama centered around whether there was an ethics question, where each chamber is responsible for overseeing itself, or a conference issue requiring DOJ action. Live C-Span2 showed Boxer performing well.

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