That's not at all what they're doing here. The article is intentionally misleading.
No, you are the one who is being misleading. The article refers to an ammendment to HR 1, the FY 2011 appropriations bill. It's an earmark plain and simple. They know this is the only chance they will get with the current senate/president to pass this. I'll note that the last time repubs tried this, the pres vetoed the CR and made the repubs look bad.