Fox News reports that lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle are seeking nearly $ 6 billion in funding and pet projects in the upcoming federal budget.
The network announced that “ear tags are returning in Congress”.
“Legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives have called for additional funding of at least $ 6 billion for local projects ahead of the upcoming federal budget,” they write.
Fox has broken down some of the biggest scratching numbers after analyzing the inquiries.
“Ear tags have become a controversial part of the political process over the past few decades,” they note.
Do you remember “friends” when Joey got his first credit card and filled it to the limit by filling his apartment with overpriced garbage like a big plastic dog? Well, he’s apparently in charge of the state budget now. Http://t.co/pCpon7EYFS
– Governor Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 6, 2021
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Ear tags are back
The return of funds in the budget is due to the record spending proposed by the Biden government.
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The House Democrats, the appeal revealed, “ended a ten-year spending ban in Congress and gave lawmakers new tools to bring the bacon home” in February.
And they certainly added a lot of bacon.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) requested US $ 742,000 for a program that includes, in part, “inclusion and healthy discussions on tough issues such as racism, gender discrimination, and cultural prejudice” in New York.
MP Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) called for “US $ 250,000 for an expansion of the Michelle Obama library”.
$ 1,750,000 for a Japanese garden in Portland.
$ 436,100 for a yoga program in New Jersey.
$ 250,000 for the Michelle Obama Library in California.
Legislature wants to spend $ 6 billion on unneeded pet projects!
– Julio Gonzalez – juliogonzalez.com (@TaxReformExpert) May 6, 2021
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The Michelle Obama Library expansion and programs on racism and gender discrimination are certainly interesting, but by no means the most expensive items on the list.
At the top of the list, almost double the second highest, is a $ 7,110,080 City of Cottage Grove Shoppes request from Minnesota Democratic Representative Angie Craig.
At least three inquiries are for millions for “wellness” programs while another is for nearly half a million for a “meditation and recovery yoga program”.
Legislators want billions in government spending on unusual pet projects, Fox News finds: //t.co/9kzPVvKOYI
– Fox News (@FoxNews) May 6, 2021
In an appeal it was mentioned that the Republicans “in both chambers are having difficulty removing party rules that exclude them from participating in the process”.
Some of them have more problems attending than others.
Politico reports that at least six Senate Republicans “have committed to request the practice during the current session of Congress, despite an alleged conference ban.”
The six so far include:
Missouri Senator Roy Blunt West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito Maine Senator Susan Collins South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski Alabama Senator Richard Shelby
Daily Caller adds, “Ten other Republican senators said they were undecided about the practice, five refused to comment, and 29 confirmed they would not request ear tags.”
Republicans in the house don’t seem to have a problem. Michigan Republican Jack Bergman wants nearly $ 2 million to upgrade a local YMCA.
Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND), one of those who say they don’t intend to request ear tags, believes there isn’t enough money for a wish list.
“For one thing, there isn’t even enough money to meet everyone’s wishes,” he told Politico.
Check out Fox News’ Top 50 List of Ear Tags here.
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