11/24/2004

Yahoo! News - Pet Projects Unleashed in Spending Bill

Though Bush labeled the domestic package restrained, a record $15.8 billion is earmarked for such items as berry research. Lawmakers have labeled the $388-billion spending bill they are preparing to submit to President Bush as bare-bones. But they found $250,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, $1 million for the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Miss., and $75,000 for the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame in Appleton, Wis. Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group, estimated that the more than 11,000 pet projects tucked into the bill totaled more than $15.8 billion — a record.

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