April 14th, 2009
11:06 AM ET
5 years ago

"Pig Book" calls out top congressional porkers

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Listen closely and you'll hear squeals of disgust from a watchdog group tracking congressional pork in the nation's capital.

Citizens Against Government Waste is out with its annual "Pig Book" - a list of lawmakers whom the group considers the most egregious porkers, members of the House and Senate who use the earmarking process to funnel money to projects on their home turf.

Fittingly perhaps, the list includes nearly $1.8 million for swine odor and manure management research in Iowa.

"In fiscal year 2009, Congress stuffed 10,160 projects into the 12 appropriations bills worth $19.6 billion," the group said in a report released Tuesday. The amount marks a 14 percent increase over 2008.

The "Pig Book" also names dozens of what it considers the most blatant examples of pork-barrel spending.

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  1. Matt

    When will anyone finally understand that both parties have screwed over their own constituents? Its not just the Democrats fault but also the Republicans. get over yourself with the notion that your party is infallible. For everyone who is religious, need I remind you that the good book says that only God is infallible. Both sides have ripped away at the fabric of what we once were. I do believe we can get back and even move father ahead if we stop blaming everyone else and start being responsibile for our own actions. Stop complaining and do something on the local level.

    April 14, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. grahame

    I read all these comments, pro and con, and I have to ask myself one question. what would John McCain and Sarah Palin have done with this huge problem? I'll just bet they would have hidden out at Camp David and you wouldn't have heard from either or them. If George bush (remember him?) was the ultimate absentee landlord then McCain and Palin would have trumped his lack of action straight down the road and now the USA would be in total chaos. If you have the brains to consider this, then ask the yourself the question. what would the Republicans have done? The answer is NOTHING!
    Go Obama

    April 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. demwit

    I wonder what would happen to me if I lived the government life?

    April 14, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Vic of New York

    Is this anything like Bobby Jindal's chastising of "Pork" money for "Volcano Watching"?

    Oh, that's right, a volcano in Alaska that just BLEW UP.

    That's the one that grounded or diverted airline flights over Alaska headed to the far east. Good thing no airplanes were lost and that the local population was able to be evacuated.

    Otherwise, somebody would have egg and genocide on their faces.

    April 14, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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