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Another Month, Another Congressional Porker

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Senator Thad Cochrane (R-Miss.), Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee as the Porker of the Month for April 2010. CAGW went on to say he received the award:

“for being the biggest porker in the 2010 Congressional Pig Book, the third consecutive year he has received this dishonor.  Sen. Cochran obtained 240 earmarks worth $490 million.  Since fiscal year 2008, Sen. Cochran has obtained more than $2 billion in pork-barrel earmarks.  This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Congressional Pig Book.

“The 2010 Congressional Pig Book documented 9,129 earmarks worth $16.5 billion and features “Oinker Awards,” which bestow special recognition on the most extraordinarily wasteful projects.  The “Thad the Impaler Award” went to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for securing the most pork. (emphasis added)

“In a March 17, 2010 Politico article, when Sen. Cochran was asked about his earmark spending he said, ‘“I don’t have any guilt trips.”’  Sen. Cochran’s attitude illustrates how fiscally irresponsible members put wasteful parochial interests ahead of the fiscal strength of the country and taxpayers.”

The CAGW press release provided the following examples of Cochrane’s $490 million in pork:

“$4,841,000 for wood utilization research; $1,608,000 for dietary supplements research; $1,000,000 for the University of Southern Mississippi for transitioning space technologies into the commercial sector; $850,000 for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship; $231,000 for e-commerce; and $200,000 for the Washington National Opera.”

What a profligate!


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