Number of Cochran earmarks: 281
Amount requested*: $561.1 million
Number of Wicker earmarks: 236
Amount requested*: $449.3 million
Senators Cochran and Wicker, the top earmarkers in the omnibus bill, asked for more than $30 million in watershed improvements for the Yazoo Basin in northwestern Mississippi; more than $20 million of that was for the Mississippi Delta Headwaters Project. They were also looking for a pair of $5.5 million grants for NOAA research projects at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.