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.

10. Robert Bennett (R) of Utah


Number of earmarks: 98

Amount requested: $197.2 million

Many of Senator Bennett's earmark requests were for the Defense Department, including many next-generation military technologies, as well as medical programs and advances for injured troops. Large requests included $22.5 million for water infrastructure in rural Utah (to be delivered by the Army Corps of Engineers). Another sought $10 million for alternative and unconventional energy R&D. Smaller requests related to upgrading transportation, bus access, state university facilities and equipment.

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