Mar 26 2007
Dr. Coburn offers amendments to strip non-emergency projects
Dr. Coburn has introduced amendments to the emergency supplemental spending bill.
- Coburn Amendment No. 648 would strike $100 million in emergency funding for the 2008 political party conventions.
- Coburn Amendment No. 649 would strike a $2 million earmark for the University of Vermont.
- Coburn Amendment No. 656 would require public disclosure of all reports provided to the appropriations committees by this act
- Coburn Amendment No. 657 would provide crop disaster and livestock assistance with offsets; also removes “emergency” spending for sugar beet, sugar cane, and Christmas and ornamental tree assistance
- Coburn Amendment No. 717 would strike all non-war and non-veterans spending from the bill
- Coburn Amendment No. 718 would strike all non-war and non-veterans spending from the bill except for funding for abestos abatement around the Capitol
Click here to read letters of support from:
- Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)
- National Taxpayers Union
- Citizen Outreach Project
- A joint press release of support from CAGW, the Club for Growth and the Republican Mainstreet Partnership
The Senate this week will take up the emergency supplemental spending bill for the War in Iraq. The Senate bill totals $122 billion, $18.5 billion more than the President requested, and contains several non-emergency items and projects unrelated to the war effort.
Among the questionable non-emergency items in the emergency supplemental funding bill:
- $1.5 billion for Army Corps of Engineers funding for recovery along the coast
- $660 million for the procurement of an explosives detection system for the Transportation Security Administration
- $640 million for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
- $425 million in education grants for rural areas
- $165.9 million for fisheries disaster relief, funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- $100 million in funding for the 2008 national party conventions
- $75 million for salaries and expenses for the Farm Service Agency
- $48 million for disaster construction money for NASA
- $24 million in funding for sugar beets
- $20 million for insect damage reimbursements in Nevada
- $12 million for the Forest Service money which the President requested in the non-emergency fiscal year 2008 budget
- $3.5 million in additional funding for guided tours of the Capitol
- $3 million in funding for sugar cane
- Allows transfer of funds from holiday ornament sales in the Senate gift shop
- Includes funding for Hawaii for an April 2006 flood
President Bush has threatened to veto the supplemental spending bill because "of the excessive and extraneous non-emergency spending it contains" in addition to language that imposes a withdrawal date for troops in Iraq.
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