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List Of Earmarks In Latest Spending Bill  

List Of Earmarks In Latest Spending Bill
John McCain
March 17, 2009

Obama's latest Omnibus bill, signed into law on March 11, 2009, contained app. 9,000 earmarks. Here is a floor statement made by Sen. McCain on H.R. 1105, The Omnibus Appropriations Act:

"Here we are, with a Statement of Managers that totals 1844 pages, including 775 pages identifying over 9,000 members’ earmark requests that are expected to be funded, although most of them are not contained in the bill text. And, because they are conveniently not listed in the bill text, members who question the merits of specific earmarks are unable to offer an amendment to specifically strike them."

Examples include:

$1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa
$2 million for the promotion of astronomy in Hawaii
$6.6 million for termite research in New Orleans
$2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York
$650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi
$1 million for mormon cricket control in Utah
$332,000 for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas
$870,000 for a wolf breeding facilities in North Carolina and Washington
$300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center
$1.7M "for a honey bee factory" in Weslaco, TX
$951,500 for Sustainable Las Vegas
$143,000 for Nevada Humanities to develop and expand an online encyclopedia
$475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah
$200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program in the LA area
$238,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Honolulu, Hawaii
$100,000 for the regional robotics training center in Union, SC
$1,427,250 for genetic improvements of switchgrass
$167,000 for the Autry National Center for the American West in Los Angeles, CA
$143,000 to teach art energy
$100,000 for the Central Nebraska World Trade Center
$951,500 for the Oregon Solar Highway
$819, 000 for catfish genetics research in Alabama
$190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY
$209,000 to improve blueberry production and efficiency in GA
$400,000 for copper wire theft prevention efforts
$250,000 to enhance research on Ice Seal populations
$238,000 for the Alaska PTA
$150,000 for a rodeo museum in South Dakota
$47,500 to remodel and expand a playground in Ottawa, IL
$285,000 for the Discovery Center of Idaho in Boise, ID
$632,000 for the Hungry Horse Project
$380,000 for a recreation and fairground area in Kotzebue, AK
$118,750 for a building to house an aircraft display in Rantoul, IL
$380,000 to revitalize downtown Aliceville, AL
$380,000 for lighthouses in Maine
$190,000 to build a Living Science Museum in New Orleans, LA
$7,100,000 for the conservation and recovery of endangered Hawaiian sea turtle populations
$900,000 for fish management
$150,000 for lobster research
$381,000 for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York
$1.9 million for the Pleasure Beach Water Taxi Service Project, CT
$238,000 for Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for curriculum development
$95,000 for Hawaii Public Radio
$95,000 for the state of New Mexico to find a dental school location
$143,000 for the Dayton Society of Natural History in Dayton, OH
$190,000 for the Guam Public Library
$143,000 for the Historic Jazz Foundation in Kansas City, MO
$3,806,000 for a Sun Grant Initiative in SD
$950,000 for a Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC 


The Army Corps of Engineers has the distinction of having the largest number of individual earmarks imposed among all of the federal agencies funded in this legislation, with an amazing 1,849 individually identified earmarked projects as identified by the Appropriations Committee. Examples include

$670,000 for Abandoned Mine Restoration in California
$59,000 for Dismal Swamp and Dismal Swamp Canal in Virginia.
$2 million for Chesapeake Bay Oyster Recovery in Maryland and Virginia.
$3 million for Joseph G. Minish Waterfront in New Jersey.
$18 million for Middle Rio Grande Restoration in New Mexico.
$10 million for North Dakota Environmental Infrastructure.
$5.56 million for Northern Wisconsin Environmental Assistance.
$546,000 for Surfside-Sunset-Newport Beach in California.
$3.8 million for Mississippi River Levees.
$41.180 million for Yazoo Basin is Mississippi (this is a total for all of the Yazoo Basin projects listed under MRT – Construction)

We're giving billions of dollars to 1,849 projects—some which are authorized—but with no clear understanding of what our nation’s water infrastructure priorities actually are or should be. We witnessed how lives literally depend on these projects and yet we're just throwing money at them without the benefit of any realistic or transparent set of criteria. It is long overdue for Congress to take a hard look at how our Army Corps dollars are being spent and whether or not they’re actually going to the most necessary projects.

While the Corps gets the distinction for the largest number of earmarks, every agency is chock full of earmarks:

Division A - Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
(52 pages of earmarks)

Total: 506 earmarks

Agriculture Research Service - 94 earmarks
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - 46 earmarks
Cooperative State Research and Extension Service - 265 earmarks
FDA - 8 earmarks
Earmarks in General Provisions - 6 earmarks
Natural Resource Conservation Service - 86 earmarks
Rural Business Cooperative Service - 1 earmark

Division C - Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations
(164 pages of earmarks)

Total: 2,402 earmarks

Corps of Engineers - 1,849 earmarks
Bureau of Reclamation - 186 earmarks
Department of Energy - 367 earmarks

Division D - Financial Services and General Government
(16 pages of earmarks)

Total: 277 earmarks

Small Business Administration - 245 earmarks
District of Columbia - 13 earmarks
General Services Administration - 14 earmarks
National Archives Records Administration - 3 earmarks
Office of National Drug Control Policy - 2 earmarks

Division E - Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
(47 pages of earmarks)

Total: 531 earmarks

Bureau of Land Management - 13 earmarks
Fish and Wildlife Service - 40 earmarks
National Park Service - 111 earmarks
USGS - 12 earmarks
Minerals Management Service - 1 earmark
Bureau of Indian Affairs - 6 earmarks
Environmental Protection Agency - 288 earmarks
US Forest Service - 60 earmarks

Division F – Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies
(211 pages of earmarks)
Total: 2125 earmarks
Department of Education

Total: 700 earmarks

Elementary and Secondary Education Act - 357 earmarks
Higher Education - 331 earmarks
Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research - 12 earmarks

Department of Health and Human Services

Total: 1223 earmarks

Administration for Children and Families - 95 earmarks
Administration on Aging - 26 earmarks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - 83 earmarks
Mine Safety and Health Administration - 1 earmark
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - 18 earmarks
Health Resources and Services Administration - 924 earmarks
HHS Office of the Secretary - 10 earmarks
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin - 66 earmarks
Department of Labor

Employment and Training Administration - 141 earmarks

General Provisions

Museums & Libraries - 61 earmarks
Division G - Legislative Branch Appropriations
(1 page of earmarks)
Total: 3 earmarks

Architect of the Capitol - 1 earmark
Library of Congress - 2 earmarks

Division I - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
(114 pages of earmarks)
Total: 1,858 earmarks


Total: 1,321 earmarks

Airport Improvement Program - 78 earmarks
Alternatives Analysis - 26 earmarks
Appalachian Highway Development System - 1 earmark ($9.5 million)
Bus and Bus Facilities - 302 earmarks
Capital Investment Grants - 64 earmarks
Delta Regional Transportation Development Program - 9 earmarks
Denali Commission - 1 earmark ($5.7 million)
FAA Facilities and Equipment - 9 earmarks
Federal Lands Highways - 68 earmarks
Ferry Boats and Terminal Facilities - 30 earmarks
Grade Crossings on Designated High Speed Rail Corridors - 8 earmarks
Interstate Maintenance Discretionary - 93 earmarks
Maritime Administration - 1 earmark
FAA Operations - 2 earmarks
NHTSA Operations and Research - 1 earmark
Rail Line Relocations and Improvement Program - 23 earmarks
FTA Research - 7 earmarks
FRA Research and Development - 4 earmarks
FAA Research Engineering and Development - 3 earmarks
Surface Transportation Priorities - 194 earmarks
Terminal Air Traffic Facilities - 18 earmarks
Transportation, Community, and System Preservation - 343 earmarks
FTA Priority Consideration - 20 earmarks
Technical Corrections - 16 earmarks

Housing and Urban Development

Total: 537 earmarks

Economic Development Initiatives - 510 earmarks
Neighborhood Initiatives - 27 earmarks

Just a few weeks ago, my good friend from Wisconsin, Senator Feingold, and I, along with Senators McCaskill, Burr, Lieberman, Graham, Coburn, and Corker, offered an amendment to curtail the earmarking practice once and for all. We didn’t have the votes, but I was pleased that 35 members are now on record for supporting serious comprehensive reforms. And, if this bill isn’t further proof that we need earmark reform—since just listing who requested the earmarks as required currently clearly isn’t good enough--then I don’t know what is. The goal should be to curtail the practice, Mr. President, not merely to help publicly advertise who is bringing home the bacon, which is really all that the 2007 Lobbying and Ethics Reform Act did with respect to earmarks. However, I remain hopeful that, in time, we will be successful in achieving meaningful reform of the earmarking practice that has run amok. 

Sen. John McCain

Hat Tip: Ike Morgan


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