McCain delivered the following statement yesterday evening:
“Mr. President, at 12:15 p.m. this afternoon, my office received a copy of the omnibus appropriations bill. It is 1,924 pages long and contains the funding for all 12 of the annual appropriations bills for a grand total of over $1.1 Trillion. It is important to note that the 1,924 pages is only the legislative language and does not include the thousands of pages of report language which contain the details of the billions of dollars in earmarks and, I’m sure, countless policy riders. In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion.“
This from a Congress that was enthusiastically discussing a ban on earmarks last week.
And the most outrageous: $727,000 to compensate ranchers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan whenever endangered wolves eat their cattle
Says McCain: As my colleagues know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's grey Wolf program is under intense scrutiny for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every year to 'recover' endangered wolves that are now overpopulating the West and Midwest. My State of Arizona has a similar wolf program but ranchers in my state aren't getting $727,000 in this bill.
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