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CAGW Names Chairmen Judd Gregg & Harold Rogers Porker of the Month

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Tom Finnigan/ Lauren Cook
April 14, 2005Direct: (202) 467-5309,(202) 467-5318

 

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) and Chairman Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security Co-Porkers of the Month for overseeing a 306 percent increase in pork-barrel spending from the 2004 to the 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act. 

While the Homeland Security appropriation bill was hardly pork-free last year, appropriators showed some restraint.  This year, members of both appropriations subcommittees for Homeland Security, led by their chairmen, saturated the fiscal 2005 bill with 64 projects, a 256 percent increase, resulting in a pork price tag of more than $1.7 billion dollars, as detailed in CAGW’s 2005 Congressional Pig Book.

Just weeks after his subcommittee approved its pork-ridden version of the bill, Chairmen Gregg released a statement saying, “I look forward to working with the White House in making sure that an aggressive budget is put in place which addresses reducing the deficit, controlling spending, and addresses some of the big other policy questions in the area of entitlements.”

Soon after the final bill was passed, Chairmen Rogers bragged about bringing home the bacon on a trip to Somerset, Kentucky: “These [projects] will put Kentuckians on the frontline of the war against terrorism while also helping boost our economic development…It is my hope that these unique initiatives will result in many new high-tech jobs for Kentucky workers.”

In each of the following cases, the funding appropriated grossly exceeds the amount of funds requested by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and supports programs riddled with waste and abuse.

$104 million for the Port Security Grant Program.  DHS requested only $46 million for port grants but, both chambers added funds to more than double the sum.  In fiscal 2004, the program awarded three grants totaling $208,100 to Premier Yachts, Inc., a private for-profit company specializing in fine dining and entertainment with revenues of $40 million in 2003. 

$40 million for university programs and Homeland Security Fellowships.  Meant to expand scientific and technological knowledge, the university and fellowship programs established Homeland Security Centers for Excellence and 8-10 week internships, respectively, for students whose future innovations might be applied to DHS’s mission.  Currently, there are four Centers nationwide; one at the University of Maryland received $12 million for eight professors, although the school has yet to offer any degree or professional program pertaining to homeland security.  Of the 101 who participated in the fellowships program in 2003, several applied for government positions but only two were hired by DHS.

$10 million for intercity bus security grants.  Funding for intercity bus grants—never requested by DHS—were meant to support “critical security needs” such as passenger/baggage screening and improved communication technologies.  Greyhound Lines, Inc., with revenues of $975.5 million in 2003, received grants in fiscal 2004 totaling $1.6 million. 

For exemplifying the hypocrisy of the so-called fiscally-conservative Republican Congress, leading their subcommittees in the single greatest leap in pork-barrel spending in the 2005 budget, and for pluming themselves from their pulpits while the deficit spirals out of control, CAGW names Chairmen Judd Gregg and Harold Rogers its Co-Porkers of the Month for April 2005.

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating
waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.
 

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