$1.7 Trillion Spending Package Includes 7,510 Pet Projects

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At a glance

  • Congress’ $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, contains no less than $16 billion in earmarks — funding for 7,510 pet projects in lawmakers’ districts.
  • These new earmarks pay for projects that will make lawmakers’ constituents in their home states and districts happy, rather than going to the core functions of the federal government.

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