Tuesday, May 24, 2005

War Pork

When the Senate voted for emergency money for the wars in Afganistan and Iraq -- they packed in some pork for their own pet projects at home.

The Center for Defense Information found money for things like:
  • $500,000 to study wind energy in North & South Dakota
  • $20 million for a Montana fish hatchery
  • $26 million to move nuclear materials from New Mexico to Nevada
  • $4 million for the Tygart Watershed Project in West Virginia

Congress has passed four emergency war spending bills so far -- totalling $200 billion. The one in April was the first to have non-war related items included.

Congress members know that these emergency bills will pass. So they make a good place to hide money for other projects. (Big News Network)

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