BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick has taken his pledge against earmarks online.

Minnick's campaign announced Thursday the launch of as part of the congressman's push for an end to the so-called pork barrel requests added onto congressional spending bills.

Visitors to the site are encouraged to sign a petition urging Congress to support Minnick's proposals to ban earmarks and allow U.S. presidents constitutional line-item veto power.

The first-term Democrat has taken a hard stance against earmarks since 2009, swearing off the spending measures that direct taxpayer cash from Congress to specific projects in members' states.

Supporters of earmarks say they help pay for important local projects. But Minnick says there are other ways to get federal money to Idaho for those programs.

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