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EOP: Senate omnibus bill

If ever there was a reason to burn up the phone lines, this is it… The Senate omnibus bill purposes spending of $1.1 trillion on discretionary programs for fiscal year (FY) 2011. The Senate stuffed the bill with Nearly 2,000 Pages of Runaway Spending and Pork earmarks, more than 6,000 of them, including:

  • $450,000 for the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa;
  • $500,000 for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston;
  • $100,000 for YouthCare in Seattle;
  • $550,000 to rehabilitate Beacham Street in Massachusetts;
  • $300,000 to renovate the Josephine Bakhita House in Wilmington, Delaware;
  • $150,000 to renovate the Tibbits Opera House in Michigan;
  • $500,000 for streetscaping in Porter County, Indiana;
  • $200,000 to install solar panels at the Community Food Bank, Inc., in Arizona;
  • $700,000 to reconstruct Norwood Drive in Pennsylvania;
  • $500,000 for Denver Bike Sharing;
  • 100,000 for the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Transportation Museum in Columbus, Mississippi;
  • $3.5 million to research Formosan Subterranean Termites in New Orleans;
  • $1 million for peanut research in Athens and Tifton, Georgia;
  • $500,000 for oyster safety in Florida;
  • $600,000 for the Lewis and Clark Legacy Trail in North Dakota;
  • $750,000 for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Project in California;
  • $125,000 to develop a walking trail in Mississippi;
  • $2 million for an Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin;
  • $250,000 for Pigeon Point Lighthouse in California; and While fully funding Obamacare and earmarks, the Senate once again failed to find to room to adequately fund defense. This risks leaving our troops ill prepared to defend the nation at home and abroad.
As if this is not bad enough, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act has been included in the 1,900-page omnibus spending bill. This bill will devastate the Mining and Logging industry for much of the Western United States. this includes baning logging for over 30,000 acres of Oregon’s timber, and ending gravel mining in the state of Nevada. think this will not effect us? think again. in a starving economy Nevada mining corps. are advertising right hear in our home town for laborers. and how many of us are counting on the mill to reopen so we can go back to work? how are they suppose to return back to work if they have no logs to process?
This is urgent. please pick up the phone and call your Senators now. we may have sent the message on election day, but they still are not listening. please call now.
Chris Haefer

Eastern Oregon Patriots – 9/12 Project

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