The freshmen group of Congress has many that oppose earmarks on a matter of principle.
Continued difficulty in procuring a relatively minor $400,000 to fund a port-deepening study is putting increased pressure on South Carolina lawmakers — particularly those that refuse to consider the long successful, now taboo process of earmarking.
Feeling the burn is not just the renowned Tea Party conservative Senator Jim DeMint, but also freshman House member Tim Scott. Scott is also of the Tea Party variant and continues to resort to earmarking; however, his pain is likely greater, as his home district includes Mount Pleasant.
The Associate Press has a nice report on the latest skirmish in the port funding and earmark war; read it here.