The top earmarkers in both the House and Senate are Republicans, even after the GOP has spent much of the past year making fiscal restraint and runaway government spending the centerpiece of its political message.
Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) -- both atop defense spending panels -- led their respective bodies in securing earmarks, according to an analysis by the nonprofit Taxpayers for Common Sense.
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