Omnibus Budget Passes House, Earmarks Abound: the Roll Call

The House has passed the Omnibus Bill…

Has Obama told them about the CRISIS? Not a sign of being careful with our money anywhere in sight in this bill…I dread hearing about what is in here over the next few weeks…Sounds like Our Government wants to…..party all the time, party all the tiiime….

Who voted how?

Dems who voted no: 20, including the 2 from my neck of the woods, Moderate Dems..

Cardoza,Childers, Cooper,Costa,Donnelly (IN),Driehaus, Giffords, Hill, Kind,Kratovil, Marshall, Matheson, Minnick,Mitchell, Nye, Peterson, Speier, Tanner,Taylor,

GOP who voted yes: 16

Bono Mack, Brown-Waite, Ginny, Cao,Capito, Castle, Dent, Emerson, Gerlach, LoBiondo, McHugh, Miller (MI), Murphy, Tim, Reichert, Upton, Whitfield, Young (AK)

From Bloomberg

The U.S. House voted to boost spending on domestic programs by 8 percent, ease restrictions on travel to Cuba and kill a school voucher program in Washington, D.C., as part of a $410 billion spending bill.

The chamber voted 245 to 178 to approve an “omnibus” bill combining nine appropriations measures needed to fund the federal government through September, the end of its fiscal year.

Revenge of the Earmarks:

After persuading lawmakers to keep pet projects in their districts known as earmarks off the stimulus bill, Obama made no such attempt on the first non-emergency spending measure of his presidency. The result was that lawmakers claimed billions in federal funds for pet projects — a total of 8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. Majority Democrats declined to provide a number of earmarks, but said the cost was far smaller, $3.8 billion, 5 percent less than a year ago.

ATTAAAAACK OF THE KILLER EARMARKS…..

Among the earmarks was one sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman, a California Democrat, who secured $200,000 for a “tattoo removal violence outreach program” in Los Angeles. Aides said the money would pay for a tattoo removal machine that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past, and anyone benefiting would be required to perform community service.

Under the bill, Mexican-licensed trucks are banned from operating outside commercial zones along the border with the United States. The Teamsters union, which supported Obama’s election last year, had sought the move. The Bush administration backed a pilot program to permit up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican motor carriers access to U.S. roads.

Bush administration restrictions on travel to Cuba were loosened in the legislation, to permit more frequent visits and expand the list of family members permitted to make trips to see relatives on the Communist nation-island.

Do you get the sinking feeling that the Congress and the Administration are full throttle ahead on spending of any and all sorts?? It is almost as if…all they want to do is dance….they want to partay oooh they want to get down ooooh

WashingtonTimes:

The 1,000-plus-page spending bill provides a fat target for deficit hawks. It includes hundreds of pages of earmarks – pet spending projects inserted by lawmakers, ranging from $185,000 for coral reef research and preservation in Maui County, Hawaii, to $55,000 in meteorological equipment for Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif., to $9.9 million for science enhancement at historically black colleges in South Carolina.

Some lawmakers are SO excited they cannot contain themselves and are already reporting back home about all the pork they will be sending :

TH online:

A rundown on the local projects was released Tuesday by the office of Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriation subcommittee.

Included in some $44 million proposed for eastern Iowa is more than $4.7 million for a half-dozen projects in Dubuque, including $2.6 million for continued rehabilitation of Mississippi River Lock and Dam No. 11.

Hey at least that IS infrastructure, iot should have been in the STIMULUS PACKAGE!!!!!Look at all this money on actual infrastructure that wasn’t in the stimulus!

Also in the appropriations bill is $950,000 designated for the Southwest Arterial and $237,500 for design of a transportation center at the Port of Dubuque.

Money designated for the Southwest Arterial would be used for hiring an engineering firm to do the final design, Van Milligen said.

The University of Dubuque is designated to receive $476,000. The money would be used in part for implementing health and wellness programs for the community, according to university spokeswoman Kristi Brachman.

Crescent Community Health Center would receive $190,000 in the appropriations bill.

Loras College is listed as receiving $238,000 for literacy programs.

MT-Great Falls Tribune:

Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester announced Monday that Montana is in line to receive more than $77 million in an upcoming appropriations bill.

“Jon and I were proud to help secure these dollars because they will help build roads, protect Montana’s great outdoors, provide better health care and keep the public safe,” said Baucus. “But most importantly, these dollars will create and protect jobs, and that is our top priority: to keep our economy moving forward.””There are dozens of worthy Montana projects that will receive much-needed and much-deserved funds in this bill,” said Tester. “Working with Max, we were able to make sure this bill will create good jobs now in Montana, and take the next step toward rebuilding the economy from the ground up for the long haul.”

Now let’s see what these projects are that Tester and Baucus are SO excited about:

Northcentral Montana projects funded by this bill include:

Agriculture

MSU Animal Bioscience Facility – $2,192,000

Barley for Rural Development – $514,000

Brucellosis Vaccine – $305,000

Montana Sheep Institute – $254,000

Sustainable Beef Supply – $682,000
Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas — National Center for Appropriate Technology – $2,582,000

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation for a 911 call center – $100,000

Montana Meth Project – $1,000,000

Fort Belknap for additional staff, updated electronic data systems, equipment and training to ensure quality judicial services in the tribal court- $300,000

Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association for the Montana Offender Notification Tracking System – $200,000

Rocky Boy’s for juvenile detention facility – $250,000

Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

Environmental Protection Agency State and Tribal Assistance Grant – City of Helena for water treatment and plant reconstruction – $300,000

Fish and Wildlife Service Land Acquisition, Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area – $1,000,000

National Park Service Save America’s Treasures – Historic Havre US Post Office and Federal Courthouse – $100,000

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Glacier County Schools in Browning – $381,000

Benefis Hospital for HIT – $143,000

Benefis Hospital for facilities and equipment – $761,000
Healthshare Montana health information technology expansion project – $714,000

Miles Community College for their Healthcare Education program – $95,000

Roundup Memorial Healthcare-Clinic for facilities and equipment – $333,000

Sidney Health Center for facilities and equipment – $95,000

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies

Livingston Railroad Undercrossing – $332,500

Chippewa Cree Tribe for transportation and rehab of Malmstrom Housing Units – $712,500

ExplorationWorks project in Helena – $950,000

Great Falls Development Authority for Black Eagle Road Infrastructure – $950,000

Sustainable Beef Supply – $682,000

Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas — National Center for Appropriate Technology – $2,582,000

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation for a 911 call center – $100,000

Montana Meth Project – $1,000,000

Fort Belknap for additional staff, updated electronic data systems, equipment and training to ensure quality judicial services in the tribal court- $300,000

Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association for the Montana Offender Notification Tracking System – $200,000

Rocky Boy’s for juvenile detention facility – $250,000

Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

Environmental Protection Agency State and Tribal Assistance Grant – City of Helena for water treatment and plant reconstruction – $300,000

Fish and Wildlife Service Land Acquisition, Rocky Mountain Front Conservation Area – $1,000,000

National Park Service Save America’s Treasures – Historic Havre US Post Office and Federal Courthouse – $100,000

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies

Glacier County Schools in Browning – $381,000

Benefis Hospital for HIT – $143,000

Benefis Hospital for facilities and equipment – $761,000Healthshare Montana health information technology expansion project – $714,000

Miles Community College for their Healthcare Education program – $95,000

Roundup Memorial Healthcare-Clinic for facilities and equipment – $333,000

Sidney Health Center for facilities and equipment – $95,000

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies

Livingston Railroad Undercrossing – $332,500

Chippewa Cree Tribe for transportation and rehab of Malmstrom Housing Units – $712,500

ExplorationWorks project in Helena – $950,000

Great Falls Development Authority for Black Eagle Road Infrastructure – $950,000

Benefis Hospital for facilities and equipment – $761,000

Healthshare Montana health information technology expansion project – $714,000

Miles Community College for their Healthcare Education program – $95,000

Roundup Memorial Healthcare-Clinic for facilities and equipment – $333,000

Sidney Health Center for facilities and equipment – $95,000

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies

Livingston Railroad Undercrossing – $332,500

Chippewa Cree Tribe for transportation and rehab of Malmstrom Housing Units – $712,500

ExplorationWorks project in Helena – $950,000

Great Falls Development Authority for Black Eagle Road Infrastructure – $950,000
I may just be jealous though, ya know in AZ we have McCain and Kyl who do NOT bring home the bacon, heh
You would think we would have more money wouldn’t you? But noooooooo, education STILL getting gutted here..maybe the crazy fancy tv buying equity withdrawing House as ATM using folks were right spend spend spend…nah, I don’t buy it, heh it? don’t BUY it? LOL
Hey if you can’t laugh, you know…
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  1. bojangles replied:

    spending ourselves into oblivion! it’s like a fantastic 1990 USSR dream!
    when I was a kid I wanted to defect to russia now russia has come to America….FUN!

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1518064/what_me_earmark.html?singlepage=true&cat=75

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    • ginaswo replied:

      exactly, China is more capitalist then we are now, scarreee!

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