The Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released its preliminary analysis of the 2009 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, and its singling out Rep. Ike Skelton.
According to CAGW, the report included 172 projects worth $1.2 billion, compared to 191 projects worth the same amount in fiscal 2008. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) racked up $29.9 million in pork. House Armed Service Committee Chariman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) led all representatives with three projects totaling $15.1 million. Proclaims CAGW: "Although the number of earmarks decreased in this most recent edition of the bill, the amount of wasted money has not."