GOP senators are divided about a moratorium proposed by Sen. Jim DeMint (in photo), R-S.C., that would ban Republicans from passing federal spending earmarks, the Washington Post reported. "Instead of spending time chasing money for pet projects, lawmakers will be able to focus on balancing the budget, reforming the tax code and repealing the costly health care takeover," DeMint said. But other GOP senators note that the moratorium would be nonbinding and unlikely to reduce overall government spending. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., complained that banning earmarks "gives cover for big-spending members of Congress to look conservative. They start demagoguing the earmark thing and everybody goes, 'Oh, they must be conservative.'" The moratorium got a boost Monday, when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who had been a strong opponent of the ban, reversed his stance. “Unless people like me show the American people that we’re willing to follow through on small or even symbolic things, we risk losing them on our broader efforts to cut spending and rein in government,” McConnell said.