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Another $29 Billion of Pork – Thank the U.S. Congress

Last month, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) issued their 2006 Congressional Pig Book, an annual effort to compile all of Congress’ pork-barrel projects. According to their press release, CAGW has identified $241 billion in wasteful spending since 1991. Some highlights of the 2006 Pig Book include: $1million for the waterfree urinal initiative; $550,000 for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington; and $500,000 for the Sparta Teapot Museum in Sparta, North Carolina.

Arlington received only a small morsel of Congressional pork this year, i.e., $400,000 for a bus transfer facility. You can see the complete list of Virginia’s pork inserted by the Commonwealth’s Senators and Representatives into the various appropriations bills. Since Arlington County has its own Industrial Development Authority, we noted that $1 million was inserted into the SBA appropriation bill for the Halifax County IDA.

For more on pork-barrel spending, visit Porkbusters, Instapundit for the latest news on pork-barrel spending, and our February 11 Growls in which we thanked the efforts of U.S. Senator Tom Coburn for his fight against Congressional pork.