TPA Uncovers More Earmarks – This Time in the Interior Bill

David Williams

July 25, 2011

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has uncovered more earmarks, this time in the House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriation Bill for 2012.  As Members of Congress talk about spending cuts as they debate raising the debt ceiling, they continue to break their self-imposed earmark ban.

The following seven earmarks, worth $498 million, were not requested by the respective agencies:

  • $290,037,000 for wildland fire management through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • $80,569,000 for hazardous fuels through USDA
  • $51,817,000 for land remote sensing through the United States Geological Service (USGS)
  • $44,067,000 for road maintenance construction through USDA
  • $15,929,000 for range management programs through the Bureau of Land Management
  • $10,711,000 for the Puget Sound through the Environmental Protection Agency
  • $5,000,000 for international forestry through USDA

This proves that as the House and Se<nate complete work on appropriations bills for 2012, taxpayers need to be more vigilant than ever.