9 Provisions in $1.5T Spending Bill That’ll Make Taxpayers Insane
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President Joe Biden’s signature made the massive $1.5T omnibus spending bill official, providing funding to the federal government through September, roughly $13.6 billion in emergency aid for Ukraine, $782 billion for the military, and $4 billion to help displaced refugees. But lawmakers managed to tuck away some questionable provisions as the House and Senate scrambled to pass the bill.
The staggering 2,471-page legislation includes more than 4,000 earmarks, or pet spending items included in the fine print used to fund projects or special interests in Congressmembers’ communities. Roughly $9.7 billion of the $1.5 trillion package went to such earmarks.
Here are some of the more egregious examples:
- $1.5 million for “tree restoration” in Ohio, requested by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
- $496,000 for improvements to a YMCA swimming pool New York, which Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) called “essential for minimizing disparities in access to swimming lessons and aerobics, promoting health equity.”
- $160,000 to study the “sustainability” of astronaut food at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, requested by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).
- $110,000 for a food truck and refrigerated van to serve the Spanish American Center in Massachusetts, requested by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA).
- $1.6 million for the “development of equitable growth of shellfish aquaculture in Rhode Island,” requested by Democratic Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.).
- $2 million for a pilot program to try an electric-vehicle-based ferry system in Alaska, requested by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).
- $3 million for a Gandhi museum in Houston, requested by Rep. Al Green (D-TX).
- $600,000 for the YMCA of Southern Arizona, requested by Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ).
- $1 million for the “Multicultural Innovation Center” at the Rhode Island Black Business Association, requested by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.).