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Senate Passes Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act 
for Defense. the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief, 2005
(H.R. 1268)

For Immediate Release. April 24, 2005In a spending bill that would bring the total cost of combat and reconstruction above $300 billion the Senate on a 99-0 vote approved Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense for $81 billion for the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan on April 21, 2005.  

The President will receive much of what he requested by both the Senate and House versions of the measure with the Senate measure providing about $75 billion for military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Such spending measures are for urgent or supplemental spending to meet the needs of the military not for nonessential pork barrel projects to help politicians sway voters in their district to vote for them because they bring federal dollars to their district,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  He added, “One reason Republicans were elected to office was to limit the size of the federal government. Yet their record for such oversight has been miserable and they have looked more like big government Democrats than fiscally responsible conservative Republicans.  One such example is Pennsylvanian Senator Rick Santorum— Senate Republican Conference Chairman who inserted into the legislation a federal loan guarantee in Gilberton, Pennsylvania for the nation's first plant to transform coal waste to diesel fuel and electricity.  And in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania another measure would facilitate construction of a high-speed marine cargo terminal.”

Some of the other nonessential pork barrel projects added to the supplemental spending bill were about $656 million for a tsunami recovery and reconstruction fund related to December's Indian Ocean tsunami; for a U.S. embassy in Iraq $592 million; $55 million for a waste-water treatment facility in Mississippi; $23 million for the United States Capitol police to build an off-site delivery facility; $10 million for a library at the University of Hawaii; $5 million for wind-energy research in the Dakotas; $5 million for a fish hatchery in Montana and other provisions relating to the habitat of the Rio Grande silvery minnow; $2.4 million for forest services in California; $1 million to combat lobster disease in the Northeast; and $500,00 for an oral history project at the University of Nevada.  

Dr. Rutkowski said, “The Republican led Senate and House of Representatives continue to disrespect the hardworking American taxpayer and foolishly waste their tax dollars on nonessential pork-barrel projects for their own political gains.  Such actions continue to put this nation's federal budget deficits on an unsustainable course that threatens the economy.  Such actions will cause interest rates to continue to rise, which will weigh on consumers' and businesses' willingness to spend and invest, slowing down economic growth.”

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Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
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jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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