Feb. 25 (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.So this is besides the Stimulus bill. Besides.
The “omnibus” bill, approved 245-178, combines nine appropriations measures to fund the federal government through September, the end of its fiscal year. Democrats said the spending increase, on top of a $787 billion economic stimulus package signed last week, was needed to make up for tighter budgets during the Bush administration.
“We need to turn the page once and for all on the last eight years,” said Representative James McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat. “I’m glad that we have reversed the Bush cuts on domestic priorities.”
This is probably a top ten list you will not see on David Letterman. Please think about whether the Federal government of the United States of America should be paying for these projects. Ladies and gentleman, I bring you John McCain's.....
Top Ten Porkiest Projects in the Omnibus Spending bill
10. $1.7 million "for a honey bee factory" in Weslaco, TX
9. $475,000 to build a parking garage in Provo City, Utah
8. $200,000 for a tattoo removal violence outreach program that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past
7. $300,000 for the Montana World Trade Center
6. $1 million for mormon cricket control in Utah
5. $650,000 for beaver management in North Carolina and Mississippi
4. $2.1 million for the Center for Grape Genetics in New York
3. $332,000 for the design and construction of a school sidewalk in Franklin, Texas
2. $2 million “for the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii
1. $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa