According to today's roll call, Republicans are pushing a motion to enforce a House rule the Democrats inserted as part of their "ethics reform package." The rule says how a member of Congress does or does not vote on a bill cannot be used as a condition for getting or not getting earmarks. Basically, this rule is so House leadership cannot use an earmark for a project in a Congressman's district as leverage to require them to vote one way or another.
Rep. John Murtha shouted down Congressman Rogers of Michigan on the House floor after Rogers attempted to strip a Murtha earmark from a bill. Murtha told Rogers that he would not get an earmark "now or forever." This shouting match follows a similar outburst Murtha directed at Rep. Todd Tiahrt last week (according to the Politico).
Now Rep. Rogers is offering the motion to enforce the House rule. Democrats, according to the Roll Call story, will likely vote this motion down with a procedural move.
So much for running the most ethical Congress in history as the Democrats promised.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.