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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Members of Congress detail appropriation requests

Under new House rules, members posted their 2010 Fiscal Year Appropriations, or earmarks, on their websites over the weekend. According to the Tacoma News-Tribune, the Washington delegation submitted nearly 380 requests for a total of approximately $1.1 billion.
House members from Washington are seeking nearly $1.1 billion in earmarks in the coming fiscal year for everything from a statewide anti-meth initiative to a new children’s museum in Olympia and from sewer, water, road and dredging projects to a program promoting participation by women in Afghan politics.

Under new House rules, members had to post on their Web sites over the weekend detailed information on their earmark requests to the House Appropriations Committee. Senators will have to start posting their requests next month. Also known as “congressionally directed spending,” earmarking is the controversial practice in which lawmakers request funding for specific projects outside the normal budget process.

To find find out which projects your U.S. Representative requested funding for, just click on his/her name below:

WA-01 Jay Inslee
WA-02 Rick Larsen
WA-03 Brian Baird
WA-04 Doc Hastings (link not currently available)
WA-05 Cathy McMorris Rodgers
WA-06 Norm Dicks
WA-07 Jim McDermott
WA-08 Dave Reichert
WA-09 Adam Smith

ID-01 Walt Minnick (link not currently available)
ID-02 Mike Simpson

OR-01 David Wu
OR-02 Greg Walden
OR-03 Earl Blumenauer
OR-04 Peter DeFazio
OR-05 Kurt Schrader (link not currently available)

AK-01 Don Young (link not currently available)

In some cases this information was difficult to find on the member's website. For those members where the link is not available, it is because I couldn't find the information on the member's website despite using the site's search feature in cases where the member's website was that technologically advanced.


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