Monday, March 9, 2009

Senate vote today on massive pork bill

TODAY the Senate is voting on yet another massive spending bill --
the $410 billion omnibus appropriations bill that contains more
than 2,900 pages!

Worse yet, the bill is laden with 8,500 pork-filled earmarks totaling
more than $7.7 billion including:

--$1.8 million for pig odor and manure management

--$200,000 for a "tattoo-removal violence-outreach
program" in Los Angeles

--$1.9 million for a water taxi service in Connecticut
(this is actually being called the taxi to nowhere)

--$473,000 for National Council of La Raza (which has
supported radical Mexican nationalism within our borders)

--$951,500 for "Sustainable Las Vegas"

--$300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center

--$238,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Honolulu, Hawaii.

--$280,000 for alternative uses for tobacco

--$400,000 to combat bullying in Montana

--$2 million "for the promotion of astronomy" in Hawaii

Just as bad, the bill does not require competitive bids -- which will
lead to corruption and insider deals for our tax dollars! Well-connected
friends of members of Congress and the lobbyists will get the contracts
without even having to compete for them!

President Obama who once pledged to go line-by-line to remove
wasteful spending, now says it s too late to purge the pork from
the spending bill. Well, he is wrong!

The Senate did not have the votes to pass the bill last Thursday and now
some Democrats are saying they will oppose this pork-laden version of the
Omnibus Spending bill...

The first key vote is expected this evening -- with other crucial
votes expected as soon as Tuesday.

One thing is for certain--the vote will be very close!


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