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Under The Cover Of Fighting Terrorism

June 12, 2002

The Senate last week passed a supplemental spending bill that was supposed to provide extra funds to fight terrorism. The bill authorized spending of $31.5 billion. But that was $4.4 billion more than the president had requested.

Here are a few of the "anti-terrorism" projects tacked on by senators who saw the bill as veto-proof:

  • A Medicaid shortfall payment of $26 million to Washington, D.C., as well as $3 million for plant genome research.
  • New England fisheries would net $11 million, while election reform grants totaled $450 million.
  • Also $16 million to map Hawaii's coral reefs, and $2 million for the Smithsonian's pickled-animal facility.
  • There were also funds to report animal-rights violations at puppy-breeding establishments, support for honey-bee research centers and $55 million more in Amtrak subsidies.

The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 71 to 22, and it now faces a more restrained House bill. It may also face a veto -- which would be a first for President Bush.

Advocates of spending restraint say this is one bill that is just begging for that fate.

Source: Editorial, "Bush Threatens a Veto," Wall Street Journal, June 12, 2002.


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