WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Capitol Hill Thursday to require sponsors' names on "earmarks," which appropriate money for specific programs.
The 245-171 vote effectively ends any possibility of a lobbying reform bill passing this year, the Washington Post reported. The House and Senate each adopted a bill but the effort to reconcile the measures broke down.
Backers of the rule change said requiring lawmakers to take responsibility for legislation aimed at their districts or contributors would clean up the process.
"We are blowing away the fog of anonymity," said Rep. David Dreier, R-Calif., who heads the House Rules Committee. "The goal is to pull back the curtain on earmarks to the public."
But Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., a former chair of the Appropriations Committee, called the measure "the death of lobby reform." Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., called the rule "a sham."
Rep. Robert Ney, R-Ohio, was not present for the vote. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday that he has agreed to plead guilty in the lobbying scandal.