Earmarks, Earmarks-WHOSE NAMES are missing from the earmarks?Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Earmarks, Earmarks-WHOSE NAMES are missing from the earmarks?

29 August 2006 at 1:54:00 AM

New database out that has the 1,867 earmarks slipped into the Labor, Health, and Human Services appropriations measure..... and yet these earmarks don't have the names of the sponsoring congressmen on them.

Check out the earmarks for your state and then call your congressman and ask if he or she sponsored any of your state's earmarks. If the answer is yes, ask why the congressman's name isn't on the earmark. If you recognize the institution designated to receive the earmarked tax dollars, call them and ask them what they intend to do with your money.

Then email us at info@examiner.com with the subject line "Earmarks" and tell us what you found out. The Examiner will be asking more questions about who got the earmarks and why, so your information could be very important. You will be part of an army of citizen journalists determined to shine some much-needed light on spending decisions made behind closed doors by powerful Members of Congress.

While you're looking, Center for Media and Democracy points out that there's at least ONE senator that has put a hold on a bill that would expose these earmarks to the light!  WHO IS THAT PERSON(S)?

Before getting into some of the specific earmarks found in the $141.9 billion bill, we first wanted to note that one or more senators have put a "secret hold" on a bill that could put some heat on the pork. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (S. 2590), introduced by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and John McCain (R-Ariz.), would create a database listing the name of each entity that receives federal appropriations, the amount of funds they receive, and the location of the entity. The bill has received the support of both Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), as well as Sens. such as Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). The hold has thus far prevented the measure from coming to the floor for a vote. To read more about the search for the anonymous senator, check out the handy repository at Porkbusters.

I see at least one earmark that I KNOW is from Chet Edwards, because it was not only listed in the local paper but is also a press release. I had thought it was a done deal but apparently not since the bill isn't passed yet.  And that is the $700,000 for Glen Rose for the Glen Rose Medical Center, for Equipment and Supplies. I think I will call and ask what specifically the money will be going for, and then report back.

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