FILE - This Jan. 27, 2014 file photo shows Georgia Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., speaking, in Atlanta. Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections can’t seem to reach an

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FILE - This Jan. 27, 2014 file photo shows Georgia Republican Senate candidate, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., speaking, in Atlanta. Republicans in the 2014 midterm elections can’t seem to reach an official party line on that the old Washington practice of writing the federal budget to benefit the folks back home. Sure, top Republicans like Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell _ now Senate minority leader _ and former Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran of Mississippi begrudgingly banned so-called earmarks more than three years ago. They were reacting both to the tea party’s rise and a push from conservative House Republicans like Jack Kingston, now a House Appropriations subcommittee chairman. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

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