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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Oink, oink ... Citizens against Government Waste releases pork projects in defense bill

WTF? The defense bill is supposed to be for the DoD and Pentagon to maintain the operational status of our military, but the way these @$$-hats in Congress see it, it's just another excuse to spend, spend, spend:

$25,000,000 for the Hawaii Federal Health Care Network, added by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).

$23,000,000 for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), added by Rep. John “Jack” Murtha (D-Pa.). This is the project over which Rep. Murtha threatened a colleague for challenging in the spring. Since 1992, more than $509 million has been used to fund NDIC, which is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ.). Ironically, DOJ does not want the NDIC and has asked Congress to shut the agency down because the department believes the operations are duplicative.

*$20,000,000 for historically black colleges and universities, added by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).

$5,000,000 for Project SOAR, added by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), and Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

*$5,000,000 for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Paralympic Military Program, added by Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).

$4,800,000 for the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area added by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). The Gateway National Recreation Area’s
website describes the Jamaica Bay Unit as “a wealth of history, nature and recreation, from New York City's first major airport and coastal fortifications to a wildlife refuge and pristine beaches.”

*$3,000,000 for “The First Tee,” added by House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) The program’s mission, according to its
website, is “To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.” First Tee won CAGW’s “The Taxpayers Get Teed Off” Oinker Award in 2004 for receiving $3 million in two separate appropriations bills.

$2,400,000 for the Lewis Center for Education Research, added by its namesake, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.). The center is described on its
website as “a unique educational facility designed to improve educational effectiveness and scientific literacy among American schoolchildren.”

$2,400,000 for the Vertical Lift Center of Excellence-Institute of Maintenance, Science and Technology, added by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

$2,000,000 for brown tree snakes, added by Sen. Inouye, which has been a staple in the Congressional Pig Book since 1996.

$1,600,000 for the New York Structural Biology Center, added by Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), and Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). The center’s mission, according to its
website, is to “increase our understanding of the role that proteins play in disease pathways and enhance the ability of scientists to carry out advanced biomedical research in a number of areas including the new fields of structural genomics, and proteomics.”

$1,600,000 for the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP), added by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) himself.

$1,600,000 for the Allen Telescope Array, added by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.). This project first appeared in the 2005 Congressional Pig Book and has received a total of $5.6 million. It is part of SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which describes the telescope as “dedicated to astronomical and simultaneous search for extra-terrestrial intelligence observations.”

$1,600,000 for the development of enabling chemical technologies for power from green sources, added by Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.).

$1,200,000 for the National Bureau for Asian Research, “a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific,” according to its
website, added by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.).
$1,000,000 for transforming waste plastics into alterative fuels, added by Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio).

$800,000 for extended shelf life produce for remotely deployed forces, added by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.). This sounds suspiciously like a 2007 Congressional Pig Book project: $1,650,000 added by Senate appropriator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to improve the shelf life of vegetables.

*$500,000 for the Maine Institute for Human Genetics, described on its
website as “blending inventive research with emerging concepts in clinical care in rural communities,” added by Rep. Michael Michaud (D-Maine).

* airdropped in conference

HT: Bryan at Hot Air

And yeah, we agree with him. We sure as Hell could use a line item veto right now. The ethics and lobbying reform package was a joke of a bill, and it's doing little to curtail these oinkers in Congress. The president is as much a check against Congress as they are against him. He could use a line item veto right now to send a message to Congress to mend their hardly spend-thrifty ways.

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