For anti-spending hawks, today must have been a difficult day. H.R. 1105 (the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009), with an attendant $410 billion in appropriations, cleared the House (245-178) and is on its way to the Senate.
The number seems staggering, but it is important to remember that H.R. 1105 is an omnibus spending bill. An omnibus bill is group of bills (in this case nine) all rolled up into one easy-to-vote on form. This particular omnibus bill exists because Democratic leaders decided to wait out a veto President Bush had threatened.
H.R. 1105 comes five months into the fiscal year, but now the Democrats are wasting no time. Debate was limited to one hour and amendments were forbidden.
You can get a good summary of what's in the bill from your favorite MSM source. If for some reason you don't have one, check out the links on the right — we promise they're all quite good.
But in lieu of looking of at overall funding levels, we here at ICT are going to poke around the parts of the bill no one else wants to take the time reading (not that we blame them — all-in-all, this bill and its supplements weigh in around 7000 pages!).
So throughout this week, we are bringing you a list of our favorite earmarks. From brazen pork to bizarre provisions, the earmarks listed below are the most interesting ones we could find.
Check them out after the jump