Yesterday the Senate, in its first vote of the new session,
invoked cloture on S. 22, a bill the Club for Growth describes
as "pork-stuffed". Senator Coburn's website details
some of its features:
- A provision that takes about 8.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas
and 300 million barrels of oil out of production in Wyoming, according
to the Bureau of Land Management. The energy resources walled off by
this bill would nearly match the annual production levels of our two
largest natural gas production states - Alaska and Texas.
- $3 million for a "road to nowhere" through a wildlife refuge in
- $1 billion for a water project designed to save 500 salmon in
California. At this price, each salmon would be worth far more than its
weight in gold.
- $3.5 million to help celebrate the 450th birthday of St. Augustine
Florida, in 2015.
- $4 million to protect livestock from wolves that Congress helped
reintroduce into the wild.
- $250,000 to help bureaucrats decide how to designate Alexander
Hamilton's boyhood home.
- $5 million on botanical gardens in Hawaii and Florida.
are depressing: only 12 Republicans
bothered to vote against it. For Granite Staters: our new Democratic
senator, Jeanne Shaheen, voted for it, as did all Democrats; our
Republican senator, Judd Gregg, always making noise about fiscal
responsibility, could not be bothered to show up for the vote.
2009-01-12 6:00 PM EST
Last Modified 2009-01-13 7:11 PM EST