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Earmarks in the Senate CJS Spending Bill

earmarkpigSince the wrap-up of our earmark hunting contest, we have been linking the 40,000+ earmark requests to the earmarks that made it into bills.

It’s a time-consuming and imperfect process, but we have done pretty much all of them in the Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill, which goes to the Senate floor this week.

Take a look at the bill. In the “Learn More” box, you’ll see a line that says:

See Earmarks Included in this Bill:

Click below that to load the list of earmarks in the CJS bill.

A couple of notes about what you’ll see:

  • Some earmarks are listed twice (or even more times than that) because they were requested by two (or more) Senators. This is so that you can click on each request that has made it into a bill. Be sure not to add up all the earmarks listed—you’ll get more than the total amount of dollars being earmarked!
  • Also, not every single earmark is in there. There are some earmarks for which we couldn’t find the request on which it is based. This might be because of errors in our data, or because earmarks got in the bill without being publicly requested. We’ll continue to investigate and late you know.

We’ll continue to connect earmark requests to the spending bills that Congress is working on.

You can take a look at earmarks going to your area on our earmarks map. What do you think of them? You can vote on them, comment, or edit the wiki article for each earmark.

Hey, while you’re at it: How about telling a friend? More Americans need to get a look at how members of Congress and senators send money home. Sometimes, in our opinion, they may be using it to glorify themselves just a bit too much. (Please only email people you are fairly confident would be interested in this info. Don’t be a spammer.)

We’re just delighted that the Office of Management and Budget in the White House is going to capture this data next year. Congress kept this data pretty obscure, even while they claimed to make it transparent. The government can do much better than this in the next budget cycle.

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