Senate war bill features $20B in pork
Nice to see that the Democrats are toeing the line on corruption and graft:
Like their counterparts in the House, the Senate has larded its version of an “emergency” war spending bill with nearly $20 billion in pork-barrel outlays, including $100 million for the two major political parties’ 2008 presidential conventions.
The $121 billion bill includes $102 billion for the troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as $14 billion for Hurricane Katrina aid and more than $4 billion for “emergency farm relief.”
I’m no fan of Republican games, but wasn’t the whole point of the Democrats’ platform that they weren’t going to do all that bad stuff?
The Senate bill is $18 billion more than President Bush requested for military operations. The House bill, which passed last week, exceeded the administration’s request by $21 billion and included money for spinach growers, peanut storage and citrus farmers.
Included is $50 million each for the GOP and Dem national conventions in 2008. The Appropriations Committee noted that $50 million had been spent in 2004, but that was in the standard budget and not tacked onto an emergency war budget.
The new bill also includes $13 million for “ewe replacement and retention,” $24 million for sugar beets growers and $95 million for dairy producers.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the bill contains “enough in each of the four food groups for a balanced meal.”
And it includes $3.5 million for the Capitol’s guided–tour program and $20 million for, in part, insect infestation control in Nevada, thanks to Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Among the other beneficiaries of the Senate “emergency” war bill is the tree assistance program, including, specifically, Christmas trees.
Elect the Democratics and Christmas comes early. Nothing at all like those mean old grinch Republicans.
And it’s nice to know that Iraq withdrawal deadlines can pass on the merit of the proposition. Thank goodness the corruption has been swept out.