The Wall Street Journal covers the start of Democratic efforts to divest spending bills of earmarks. "Restoring earmarks in future budgets will be that much harder once whole accounts have been wiped out... But eliminating earmarks doesn't always produce savings. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency will continue to distribute the roughly $197 million earmarked in fiscal 2006 for state water projects. However, that distribution now will be dictated by the agency or federal funding formulas -- not by lawmakers. That is the biggest rub, since Democrats know they are giving more spending discretion to a Republican, President Bush."
The White House schedule notes that Bush is attending and speaking at the House "Democrat" Conference this coming weekend.