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Pork Alert: House Commerce/Justice/Science

CAGW's Pork PatrolSM takes a closer look at fiscal 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science pork

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Citizens Against Government Waste today released its preliminary analysis of the House version of the fiscal year (FY) 2011 Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Act. There are 643 projects at a cost of $229.8 million in the bill. This is a 40.8 percent decrease in projects from the 1,086 in 2010 and a 37.3 percent decrease in cost from $366.7 million in the House version of the FY 2010 CJS bill. House CJS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) requested 26 projects totaling $13,100,000 or 5.7 percent of the total pork in the bill.

The following are amongst the most egregious examples of pork in the bill:

  • $2,000,000 by House appropriators Sam Farr (D-Calif.) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Brian Baird (D-Wash.) for the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Project-Marine Animal Tracking System (POST). According to the website for the Census of Marine Life, "One of the two major areas of focus in the POST project involves the development of a permanent continental-scale marine telemetry system. POTENT (Pacific Ocean Tracking and Evaluation NeTwork) will sit on the seabed of the continental shelf and slope and be used to monitor fish movements along the shelf and into the open ocean." One fish, two fish, red fish, pork fish.
  • $1,000,000 by House appropriator David Price (D-N.C.) and Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), Brad Miller (D-N.C.), John Spratt (D-S.C.), and Melvin Watt (D-N.C.) for the Textile Clothing Technology Corporation in Cary, for textile research programs. The corporation offers products like the Textile Game, a $600 board game of supply chain management and pipeline performance. In 2007, the U.S. textile industry's exports totaled $12.1 billion. Looks like taxpayers have lost this game.
  • $500,000 by House appropriator Sam Farr (D-Calif.) for bluefin tuna tagging and research at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. According to the aquarium's site, it was voted the number one aquarium in the U.S. and the third best family attraction in the country, and draws 1,947,600 visitors annually at a price of $29.95 per adult. The aquarium could eliminate the burden on federal taxpayers by increasing ticket prices by 26 cents.
  • $200,000 by House appropriator Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) for the U.S. Soccer Foundation for a Youth Soccer Gang Prevention Initiative. The World Cup generated the economic equivalent of 12 Super Bowls, or about $4 billion. One of the U.S. national soccer team's World Cup qualifying matches drew a crowd of more than 70,000 and revenue of $3.5 million. This is a real kick in the grass for taxpayers.
Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in government.

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