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.
4. Dianne Feinstein (D) of California
Number of earmarks: 152
Amount requested*: $269.3 million
Senator Feinstein sought $35 million for the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. The Democrat was also after more than $40 million in Army Corps of Engineers projects, such as watershed maintenance, dams, and shoreline erosion control.