In mezzo all'inflazione impennata, sky-rocketing gas prices, Congress brings back earmarks: 'Cocaine of this generation'

Originally taken down during the Republican Tea Party wave during former President Obama’s administration, earmarks were used for decades to give lawmakers a loophole to fund pet projects back home.

The appropriations screen pass was brought back this year by Congress, as Democrats and some Republicans used thousands of earmarks in the $ 1.5 trillion omnibus bill to get millions of dollars in taxpayer money to fund projects back home in their districts.

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A partire dal $ 584,000 per “a self-reliant urban solar villagein Pennsylvania to a $ 300,000 Hawaiian tree census, here are some states where lawmakers bought items with your tax cash in the hastily passed appropriations omnibus bill last week that also included nearly $ 13 billion in aid for war-torn Ukraine.

Florida

Starting off the list of lawmakers behind eyebrow-raising taxpayer investments is the bedazzled Florida NOI. rappresentante. Frederica Wilson, a Democrat who earmarked $ 2.2 million to build a Bahamian Arts, History and Cultural Center in Coconut Grove, a part of Miami that Bahamians have lived in since the 1800s.

NOI. rappresentante. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.

NOI. rappresentante. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla. (Associated Press)

Wilson also set aside $ 700,000 for park improvements at the Simonhoff Floral Parks in Miami that includes buildinga memorial to the Miami-Dade County residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19.

Minnesota

“Squadra” rappresentante. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., also got in on the gravy train, nabbing $ 1 million in taxpayer funding forAfro-Latinx Immigrant COVID-19 Workforce ReEngagement in fiscal year 2022.

NOI. rappresentante. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

NOI. rappresentante. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. (Associated Press)

Lo stato di Washington

Salmon in the Evergreen State got several hundreds of thousands of dollars to scare off their seal predators thanks to an earmark from U.S. rappresentante. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

NOI. rappresentante. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

NOI. rappresentante. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. (Getty Images)

Jayapal set aside over $ 321,000 for the Ballard Locks Ocean Initiative to reinvigorate the endangered Chinook salmon and other salmon species by supportingfurther deployment and study of new technology, the Targeted Acoustic Startle Technology (TAST), which deters pinnipeds by eliciting a startle response.

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Michigan

Vulnerable Republican U.S. rappresentante. Fred Upton of Michigan also gave into the legislative peer pressure, requesting $ 50,000 per il “Asset, Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed (ALICE) Friendly Workplace Projectthrough the United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.

NOI. rappresentante. Fred Upton, R-Mich.

NOI. rappresentante. Fred Upton, R-Mich. (Getty Images)

The purpose of the ALICE Friendly Workplace Project is to create workplaces for the ALICE population that are empathetic, equo, and ultimately provide space for individuals to be able to step out of ALICE,” Upton’s website reads.

Part of the project will be the development of an ALICE Friendly Workplace Toolkit that will guide employers to evaluate and change current policies that may be harming their employees,” the website continues. “The toolkit will be informed by local data and research about ALICE in the region.

All funding requests submitted were carefully reviewed within the strict rules of the committee in a fully transparent process. This information was made public nearly a year ago. What’s much more compelling is the Ukrainian humanitarian funding in the bill and the sad fact that only 39 GOP supported it.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma has not been free from the siren’s call of earmarks, o, with a veteran congressman not tying himself to the mast of the U.S.’s fiscal ship.

NOI. rappresentante. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

NOI. rappresentante. Tom Cole, R-Okla.

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