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Here’s a handy list of pork in the Sellout Substitute Amendment from the Turncoat Caucus:

* 2 billion Blagojevich earmark for FutureGen near zero emissions powerplant in Mattoon, IL

* $2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars

* $3 million for purchasing “neighborhood electric vehicles” (golf carts)

* $5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for DHS HQ)

* $650 million for the DTV transition coupon program

* $1.2 billion for summer jobs for youth

· $200 million for workplace safety in USDA facilities

* $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries

* $75 million for the Smithsonian Institution

* $750 earmark for the National Computer Center in MD

* $224 million for International Boundary and Water Commission – U.S. and Mexico

* $198 million to design and furnish the DHS headquarters

* $10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners

* $850 million for Amtrak

* $100 million for lead paint hazard reduction

* $39 billion slush fund for “state fiscal stabilization” bailout

* $275 million for flood prevention

* $65 million for watershed rehabilitation

* $255 million for “priority procurements” at Coast Guard (polar ice breaker)$650 million for abandoned mine sites

* $1.3 billion for NASA (including $450 million for “science” at NASA)

* $100 million to clean up sites used in early U.S. atomic energy program

* $10 million for urban canals

* $1.5 billion for carbon capture projects under sec. 703 of P.L. 110-140 (though the original section only authorizes $1 billion for five years)

* $300 million for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees

* $500 million for State and local fire stations

* $180 million for construction of Bureau of Land Management facilities

* $500 million for wildland fire management

* $110 million for construction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

* $522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs

* $412 million for CDC headquarters

* $500 million earmark for NIH facilities in Bethesda, MD

* $100 million for constructing U.S. Marshalls office buildings

* $300 million for constructing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office buildings

* $800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities

* $307 million for constructing National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) office buildings

* $1 billion for administrative costs and construction of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office buildings

* $160 million for “volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community Service


The golf cart stimulus can be found in Section 1151 of the “compromise” text and here.

Who’s behind this? The “neighborhood electric vehicles” — souped-up golf carts — that would benefit most are manufactured in North Dakota.

Porkulus: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Senate floor.

(Republished from by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Fiscal Stimulus