2009 Omnibus Pork Projects and their Sponsors

The Heritage Foundation has released a partial list of the “pork” projects housed in the 2009 Omnibus Bill.  Are there any from your home town or state?

Sadly, there is from mine.  I first heard of it watching John McCain’s Top Ten Lists on Twitter.com.  The pork is for the “Totally Teens Zone” in Albany, Georgia, the next largest city from me.  I’m well familiar with the “organization” and I use the term loosely.  It’s a group of teens that party under the guise of the Albany Parks and Recreation Center.  There are no jobs here, no guidance for teens here, no nothing except a “party zone”.  This pork was sponsored by both Georgia Senators Chambliss and Bishop – one republican and one democrat.  I’ll be a bit occupied for the next few days screaming from the rooftops against this ignorance.

Below is the list from Heritage.  See if the shoe fits your neck of the woods as well.  And also, look at all the multi-million dollar projects that have no significant influence or remedy to our financial situation this year.  Sound off as you please.

A Sample of the 9,287 Omnnibus Bill Earmarks

  Recipient/Purpose   Congressional Sponsor
  Mormon Crickets, Utah     Bennett
  Sidewalk Construction in Ashland & Cherryland, CA     Lee
  Everybody Wins!     LaHood
  Tattoo removal program in Mission Hills, CA   Berman
  Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY   Cubin
  Theater renovation, Merced, CA     Cardoza
  Totally Teen Zone, Albany, GA   Bishop, Chambliss  
  National History Day   Several Lawmakers
  Ronald Reagan Parkway, Boone County, IN     Buyer
  Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation     Allen, Snowe, Collins  
  Build a school sidewalk, Franklin, TX     Edwards (TX)
  George Eastman House, Rochester, NY   Slaughter, Schumer  
  Versailles Borough Stray Gas Mitigation     Doyle (PA)
  Wayne Gomes Youth Baseball Diversity Foundation     Scott
  Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York, NY   Nadler
  Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate, Boston, MA   Kerry, Byrd, Harkin, Durbin, Mikulski, Dodd  
  Bus and Bus Facilities, Lawrence, KS     Moore, Roberts
  Montana World Trade Center     Rehberg
  Wood Education and Resource Center     President, Byrd
  Lemon Street Reconstruction and Enhancements, FL     Bilirakis
  FDR Presidential Library renovation   Gillibrand, Reid, Schumer  
  LBJ Presidential Library     Hutchison  
  JFK Presidential Library     Markey, Lynch, Kerry  
  GoGirlGo! Boston, MA     Capuano, Kennedy, Kerry  
  Kansas Farm Bureau, Manhattan, KS     Brownback  
  John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts   Several Lawmakers
  Bicycle/Pedestrian Pathways, Provo, UT     Cannon, Hatch
  World Trade Center of St. Louis, MO     Bond
  Illinois Height Modernization     Johnson (IL), LaHood
  Small business program, Florida Department of Citrus     Boyd, Putnam, Martinez  
  Sidewalk Construction, Vienna, VA     Davis (VA)
  Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI   Inouye  
  Police Athletic League of Buffalo, Inc     Slaughter
  Wool Research   Conaway, Rodriguez (TX)
  5th & Market St. Transportation Improvements, PA     Specter  
  Business incubator, Arkansas State University     Berry, Lincoln, Pryor  
  Salisbury House, Des Moines, IA    Harkin, Grassley, Boswell
  John Nance Garner Museum, Austin, TX   Rodriguez (TX)
  Sidewalk Improvements, Williamstown, VT     Leahy, Sanders
  Red Wolf Breeding Facility Relocation     Shuler
  George C. Wallace Community College-Dothan, AL   Everett
  Pregones Theater, Bronx, NY     Serrano
  Formosan Subterranean Termites Research   Landrieu, Vitter, Alexander
  Landfill Gas Utilization Plant in NY   Schumer  
  Replacement of Bus Fleet, Topeka, KS     Boyda
  Widening of County Road 222, Cullman, AL     Aderholt
  Center for Grape Genetics, Geneva, NY     Schumer, Walsh, Hinchey, Arcuri 
  Swine Odor and Manure Management Research, Ames, IA     Harkin
  Bossier Parish Congestion Relief Plan, LA     Landrieu, Vitter
  Replacement Buses, Detroit, MI     Conyers, Levin, Stabenow
  Wood Utilization Research   Several Lawmakers
  Oil Region Alliance     Peterson (PA)
  Renovate the Cox Building, Maysville, KY     McConnell, Davis (KY) 
  Minnesota Teen Challenge     Ramstad, Coleman  
  Berkshire Theater Festival, Stockbridge, MA     Kennedy, Kerry
  Shiloh Road, MT     Baucus, Tester
  American Ballet Theatre, New York, NY   Maloney, Schumer  
  Ready, Willing & Able, Philadelphia, PA   Brady (PA) 
  Lederer Theater, Providence, RI   Reed
  Wolf Trap Performing Arts Multi-Use Trail, Fairfax, VA     Moran
  Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, MI     Levin
  Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, East St. Louis, IL     Durbin  
  Historic Jazz Foundation, Inc., Kansas City, MO   Cleaver, Emanuel
  Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation     Ruppersberger, Mikulski, Shelby  
  Street Rehabilitation, Doral, FL     Diaz-Balart (Lincoln)
  Bronx Council on the Arts   Serrano
  Pedestrian Bridges, Iowa City, IA     Loebsack
  Autry National Center for the American West, Los Angeles, CA   Schiff, McKeon, Bono, Boxer  
  Music education, Carnegie Hall, New York, NY   Maloney, Schumer  
  Greater Toledo Arts Commission   Kaptur
  55th Street East Grade Separation, Minot, ND     Dorgan, Conrad
  Energy Efficiency Street Lighting, Detroit, MI   Kilpatrick, Levin, Stabenow  
  Stockbridge-Munsee Museum, Bowler, WI   Kagen
  Italian American Museum, New York, NY     Ackerman, Nadler
  Citrus Canker, Greening, FL     Several Lawmakers
  Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL    Jackson, Jr., Emanuel, Davis (IL)
  Bus Replacement, Culver City, CA     Watson
  Wisconsin Height Modernization   Obey
  Hattiesburg 4th Street Improvements, MS     Cochran, Wicker
  Dance Theater Etcetera, Brooklyn, NY   Velázquez
  Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, GA   Marshall (GA), Isakson  
  Reconstruction and Upgrade 2300 West Street, Lehi, UT     Hatch, Cannon
  Revitalize Aliceville, AL     Shelby
  Nashua Police Athletic League Youth Safe Haven     Hodes, Gregg  
  Paving, sidewalks and streetlights,  Islip, NY     Israel
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA   Kennedy, Kerry  
  I-85 Widening, NC     Burr, Dole, Hayes, Watt
  Sun Valley Lighting Project, CA     Berman
  Children’s Discovery Museum, San Jose, CA   Honda, Lofgren
  World Trade Center Utah     Bishop (UT), Bennett  
  Shakespeare and Company     Olver, Kennedy, Kerry  
  National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC,   Menendez, Bingaman  
  Karnal Bunt, Manhattan, KS     Brownback, Roberts, Moran, Boyda, Tiahrt
  Fairplex Trade and Conference Center     Dreier, Napolitano
  SR-91 Congestion Relief, Orange County, CA     Miller (CA)
  Construction of On/Off Ramps, Midland, TX     Conaway
  Carbon Neutral Green Campus, NV    Porter, Reid  
  Manufacturers Association of Central New York     Walsh
  Calhoun County Highway 1 Resurfacing, IL     Hare
  Weed It Now on the Berkshire, MA   Olver
  A+ For Abstinence, Waynesboro, PA   Specter  
  Catfish Genome, Auburn, AL     Shelby, Rogers (AL), Everett, Davis (AL)  
  Beaver Street Enterprise Center, Jacksonville, FL     Brown (FL), Martinez  
  Chattahoochee County Family Connection     Bishop
  Bismarck State College Center Of Excellence Laboratories, ND    Dorgan  
  Fruit fly facility, HI     Akaka, Inouye, Hirono
  Oyster rehabilitation, AL   Shelby  
  Ed Roberts Campus, Berkeley, CA   Boxer  
  55th Street Extension, Rochester, MN     Donnelly, Lugar

Source: Conference Report of HR 1105