Pork Alert: Indefensible Defense Pork

Nov 07, 2007, 00:00 ET from Citizens Against Government Waste

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizens Against
 Government Waste (CAGW) today released its preliminary analysis of H.R.
 3222, the Fiscal 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
 
     CAGW found 2,047 projects worth $6.6 billion in this year's defense
 bill, compared to 2,618 projects worth $10.8 billion that were identified
 in CAGW's 2007 Congressional Pig Book. This represents a decrease of 21
 percent in the number of earmarks and a 38 percent decrease in the dollar
 amount. The 2006 Congressional Pig Book identified 2,822 projects worth
 $14.9 billion, while the 2005 Congressional Pig Book found 2,606 with at a
 cost of $12.7 billion.
 
     Here are some of the more egregious pork projects added to the defense
 bill:
     -- $25,000,000 for the Hawaii Federal Health Care Network, added by
        Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).
     -- $23,000,000 for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), added
        by Rep. John "Jack" Murtha (D-Pa.).  This is the project over which
        Rep. Murtha threatened a colleague for challenging in the spring.
        Since 1992, more than $509 million has been used to fund NDIC, which
        is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Ironically, DOJ
        does not want the NDIC and has asked Congress to shut the agency down
        because the department believes the operations are duplicative.
     -- *$20,000,000 for historically black colleges and universities, added
        by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
     -- $5,000,000 for Project SOAR, added by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
        (D-Calif.), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), and Sens. Chuck Grassley
        (R-Iowa) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
     -- *$5,000,000 for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
        Paralympic Military Program, added by Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and
        Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).
     -- $4,800,000 for the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation
        Area added by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).  The Gateway National
        Recreation Area's website describes the Jamaica Bay Unit as "a wealth
        of history, nature and recreation, from New York City's first major
        airport and coastal fortifications to a wildlife refuge and pristine
        beaches."
     -- *$3,000,000 for "The First Tee," added by House Majority Whip James
        Clyburn (D-S.C.)  The program's mission, according to its website, is
        "To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities
        and educational programs that promote character development and life-
        enhancing values through the game of golf."  First Tee won CAGW's
        "The Taxpayers Get Teed Off" Oinker Award in 2004 for receiving
        $3 million in two separate appropriations bills.
     -- $2,400,000 for the Lewis Center for Education Research, added by its
        namesake, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Jerry Lewis
        (R-Calif.).  The center is described on its website as "a unique
        educational facility designed to improve educational effectiveness
        and scientific literacy among American schoolchildren."
     -- $2,400,000 for the Vertical Lift Center of Excellence-Institute of
        Maintenance, Science and Technology, added by Rep. Walter Jones
        (R-N.C.) and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).
     -- $2,000,000 for brown tree snakes, added by Sen. Inouye, which has
        been a staple in the Congressional Pig Book since 1996.
     -- $1,600,000 for the New York Structural Biology Center, added by
        Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), and Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and
        Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).  The center's mission, according to its
        website, is to "increase our understanding of the role that proteins
        play in disease pathways and enhance the ability of scientists to
        carry out advanced biomedical research in a number of areas including
        the new fields of structural genomics, and proteomics."
     -- $1,600,000 for the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP),
        added by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) himself.
     -- $1,600,000 for the Allen Telescope Array, added by Rep. Anna Eshoo
        (D-Calif.).  This project first appeared in the 2005 Congressional 
        Pig Book and has received a total of $5.6 million.  It is part of SETI
        (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which describes the
        telescope as "dedicated to astronomical and simultaneous search for
        extra-terrestrial intelligence observations."
     -- $1,600,000 for the development of enabling chemical technologies for
        power from green sources, added by Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.).
     -- $1,200,000 for the National Bureau for Asian Research, "a nonprofit,
        nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and
        strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific," according to its website,
        added by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.).
     -- $1,000,000 for transforming waste plastics into alterative fuels,
        added by Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio).
     -- $800,000 for extended shelf life produce for remotely deployed forces,
        added by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.).  This sounds suspiciously
        like a 2007 Congressional Pig Book project: $1,650,000 added by Senate
        appropriator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to improve the shelf life of
        vegetables.
     -- *$500,000 for the Maine Institute for Human Genetics, described on its
        website as "blending inventive research with emerging concepts in
        clinical care in rural communities," added by Rep. Michael Michaud
        (D-Maine).  
 
     * airdropped in conference
 
     Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit
 organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse
 in government.
 
 

SOURCE Citizens Against Government Waste
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Citizens Against
 Government Waste (CAGW) today released its preliminary analysis of H.R.
 3222, the Fiscal 2008 Department of Defense Appropriations Act.
 
     CAGW found 2,047 projects worth $6.6 billion in this year's defense
 bill, compared to 2,618 projects worth $10.8 billion that were identified
 in CAGW's 2007 Congressional Pig Book. This represents a decrease of 21
 percent in the number of earmarks and a 38 percent decrease in the dollar
 amount. The 2006 Congressional Pig Book identified 2,822 projects worth
 $14.9 billion, while the 2005 Congressional Pig Book found 2,606 with at a
 cost of $12.7 billion.
 
     Here are some of the more egregious pork projects added to the defense
 bill:
     -- $25,000,000 for the Hawaii Federal Health Care Network, added by
        Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii).
     -- $23,000,000 for the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), added
        by Rep. John "Jack" Murtha (D-Pa.).  This is the project over which
        Rep. Murtha threatened a colleague for challenging in the spring.
        Since 1992, more than $509 million has been used to fund NDIC, which
        is administered by the Department of Justice (DOJ).  Ironically, DOJ
        does not want the NDIC and has asked Congress to shut the agency down
        because the department believes the operations are duplicative.
     -- *$20,000,000 for historically black colleges and universities, added
        by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
     -- $5,000,000 for Project SOAR, added by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
        (D-Calif.), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), and Sens. Chuck Grassley
        (R-Iowa) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
     -- *$5,000,000 for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC)
        Paralympic Military Program, added by Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and
        Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.).
     -- $4,800,000 for the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation
        Area added by Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).  The Gateway National
        Recreation Area's website describes the Jamaica Bay Unit as "a wealth
        of history, nature and recreation, from New York City's first major
        airport and coastal fortifications to a wildlife refuge and pristine
        beaches."
     -- *$3,000,000 for "The First Tee," added by House Majority Whip James
        Clyburn (D-S.C.)  The program's mission, according to its website, is
        "To impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities
        and educational programs that promote character development and life-
        enhancing values through the game of golf."  First Tee won CAGW's
        "The Taxpayers Get Teed Off" Oinker Award in 2004 for receiving
        $3 million in two separate appropriations bills.
     -- $2,400,000 for the Lewis Center for Education Research, added by its
        namesake, House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Jerry Lewis
        (R-Calif.).  The center is described on its website as "a unique
        educational facility designed to improve educational effectiveness
        and scientific literacy among American schoolchildren."
     -- $2,400,000 for the Vertical Lift Center of Excellence-Institute of
        Maintenance, Science and Technology, added by Rep. Walter Jones
        (R-N.C.) and Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).
     -- $2,000,000 for brown tree snakes, added by Sen. Inouye, which has
        been a staple in the Congressional Pig Book since 1996.
     -- $1,600,000 for the New York Structural Biology Center, added by
        Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), and Sens. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and
        Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).  The center's mission, according to its
        website, is to "increase our understanding of the role that proteins
        play in disease pathways and enhance the ability of scientists to
        carry out advanced biomedical research in a number of areas including
        the new fields of structural genomics, and proteomics."
     -- $1,600,000 for the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholars Program (PRISP),
        added by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kans.) himself.
     -- $1,600,000 for the Allen Telescope Array, added by Rep. Anna Eshoo
        (D-Calif.).  This project first appeared in the 2005 Congressional 
        Pig Book and has received a total of $5.6 million.  It is part of SETI
        (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), which describes the
        telescope as "dedicated to astronomical and simultaneous search for
        extra-terrestrial intelligence observations."
     -- $1,600,000 for the development of enabling chemical technologies for
        power from green sources, added by Rep. John Olver (D-Mass.).
     -- $1,200,000 for the National Bureau for Asian Research, "a nonprofit,
        nonpartisan research institution dedicated to informing and
        strengthening policy in the Asia-Pacific," according to its website,
        added by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.).
     -- $1,000,000 for transforming waste plastics into alterative fuels,
        added by Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio).
     -- $800,000 for extended shelf life produce for remotely deployed forces,
        added by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.).  This sounds suspiciously
        like a 2007 Congressional Pig Book project: $1,650,000 added by Senate
        appropriator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) to improve the shelf life of
        vegetables.
     -- *$500,000 for the Maine Institute for Human Genetics, described on its
        website as "blending inventive research with emerging concepts in
        clinical care in rural communities," added by Rep. Michael Michaud
        (D-Maine).  
 
     * airdropped in conference
 
     Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit
 organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse
 in government.
 
 SOURCE Citizens Against Government Waste