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Mar 26 2007

Senate supplemental funding bill loaded with pork, non-emergency items

Dr. Coburn offers amendments to strip non-emergency projects

Dr. Coburn has introduced amendments to the emergency supplemental spending bill. 

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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.