Top 10 senators seeking earmarks
The omnibus spending bill died Thursday in the Senate amid controversy over the practice of earmarking, or inserting funding for pet projects into legislation. Here are the senators who sought the most spending for their states, ranked by the monetary value of proposed earmarks, whether alone or with others.
3. Daniel Inouye (D) of Hawaii
Number of earmarks: 161
Amount requested*: $420.6 million
The largest of Sen. Daniel Inouye’s requests in the omnibus spending bill was for the Beckley VA Nursing Home in Beckley, W.Va., a $46.5 million, 90-bed facility. He also asked for $18 million in renewable energy grants for Hawaii.