CAGW’s Pork PatrolSM takes a closer look at fiscal 2006 Senate Agriculture pork | Citizens Against Government Waste

CAGW’s Pork PatrolSM takes a closer look at fiscal 2006 Senate Agriculture pork

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Daytime: Jessica Shoemaker (202) 467-5318
August 24, 2005After hours : Tom Finnigan (202) 253-3852


CAGW Pork Alert:  Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill

(Washington, D.C.) — Just before heading home for summer recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee compiled the fiscal 2006 Senate Agriculture Appropriations Act, totaling more than $100 billion, $597 million more than the president’s request.  Senate appropriators beefed up the agriculture spending bill with 257 special interest research grants and projects totaling $208.7 million.  The bill is also saturated with funding for programs that the president suggested terminating, such as $60 million for the Natural Resources Conservative Service’s watershed and flood prevention operations.  In addition to their usual shenanigans of adding money for unrequested pork projects, appropriators also added lump sums of funding for questionable grant programs including $40 million for rural business enterprise grants and $20 million for economic impact initiative grants.

The Senate will vote on the bill upon their return in September.  Hopefully, the Senate will keep the looming $331 billion deficit in mind and trim the excess fat.

Here is a sampling of some of the pork projects added by Senate appropriators:

  • It Takes a Village.  Actually, all it takes is Senate appropriator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who loaded up the agriculture bill with $34.3 million for Alaska, including $26 million for the development of water systems for rural communities and native villages in Alaska, and $500,000 for fruit and berry crop trials for rural villages.  According to an August 2, 2005 Government Accountability Office report, Native Alaska villages and nonprofits received more than $3 billion in direct federal aid from 1998-2003.  Combined with other federal subsidies, the native Alaskan population of about 125,000 received approximately $10 billion in federal assistance during the five-year period.
  • Fishin’ for Funds.  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) reeled in more than $23 million for Mississippi, including $517,000 for aquaculture research and $217,000 for seafood and aquaculture harvesting, processing, and marketing. 
  • A Rose by Any Other Name Would be Pork.  Senate Appropriations Ranking Member Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) plucked $7.3 million for his state, including $1 million for multiflora rose control. 
  • Milking the Taxpayers.  Senate Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee members Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) squeezed in $1.5 million for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Iowa State University.  Since fiscal 1997, the institute has received $8.5 million for economic analysis of food and agriculture policy.

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