Updated 2009 appropriations bill – $430 billion

As noted yesterday, I figured it would take less than 24 hours for a draft of the new House appropriations bill (H.R. 1105) to show up, and we’ve found it and have it here.

Hat tip to Sister Toldja who provides a link to the scanned draft [PDF, 13mb]. It has been posted on the House documents file server.

Update: Here is the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 as posted on the Library of Congress site. It is in Web format. Here is the new PDF formatted version [PDF, 2mb] of H.R. 1105, it is different than the scanned draft I reviewed this morning. The draft PDF link above is still available for background.

Here are excerpts from the summary documents [PDF, 56kb]. It all sounds so good, but if these items are federal responsibility, what is not their responsibility? Note that there are more details in the full bill, but it is 1,122 pages long.

  • Up to $10 million shall be made available for a United States contribution to the Least Developed Countries Fund to support grants for climate change adaptation programs and activities (p. 932 in the full bill)
  • Not less than $195 million for biodiversity programs in developing countries (p. 932 in the full bill)
  • $29.8 million for the Minority Business Development Agency
  • $3.1 billion to count the number of people in the United States (Bureau of the Census) (p. 89). Note that just counting the people is not enough, politicians need to know exact information on “population groups.” Remember, the census means it’s time to gerrymander the state districts and tweak them so incumbents (Democrats) can keep their seats. Why can’t we just count everyone?
  • $1.5 billion for Amtrak
  • $2.5 billion to make repairs and improvements to public housing
  • $550 million for community policing efforts
  • $73 million to fight meth
  • $240 million for economic development assistance
  • $390 million for legal assistance to people who can not afford it
  • $1.2 billion for international food aid
  • $160 million to provide food to people in need
  • $6.9 billion for WIC programs to provide food to mothers and kids
  • $175 million for research and development of solar energy
  • $217 million for biofuels
  • $273 million to improve vehicle fuel efficiency
  • $2 billion to study global climate change
  • $6.5 billion for scientific research at colleges and universities
  • $200 million for insulation and energy conservation measures for low-income families
  • Another $178 million for climate change research (fighting global climate changes is mentioned many times with multiple dollar amounts)
  • $110 million for small business development centers
  • $106 million for grants to states to ensure reliable, accurate and accessible elections (hah, hah)
  • $245 million to explain the tax code to people
  • $20 million to improve Washington D.C. public schools
  • $39 million to compensate for security costs of national events including the recent inauguration
  • $310 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities
  • $30 billion for research into diseases
  • Almost $500 million for childhood immunizations
  • More than $40 billion for Pell Grants, student financial aid, Head Start and child care assistance
  • $1.5 billion for training those who recently lost their jobs
  • $810 million for meals for senior citizens

Note: I have removed the previous list from the draft since we now have the up-to-date legislation. I had put together most of the post based on the draft, but this post has been re-written during the day with updated info from H.R. 1105.

What can you find? Add what you find in HR 1105 to the comments section below. Provide a brief description, cost and page number.

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Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. Anne-EH on February 24, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Ironic, this passes today Jim, on of all days, FAT TUESDAY! The Washington D.C. Beltway area has become awash in a Mardi Gras-like bigtime spending spree!

  2. Darlene on February 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

    At a time when we are all trying to cut spending, control our budgets and limit any element of luxury in our lives, our government seems to be operating with an endless bank account.  Are there any limits?  Is there anything the government considers wasteful spending?  Oh, yes there is, I forgot, drilling for oil is one right? 

    Well, if we follow the money we will all be living in public housing, counting people or moving to a foreign undeveloped country.  Welcome to "Hope & Change"

  3. gillie28 on February 24, 2009 at 9:57 pm



    $1.3 billion, including over $150 million to fund Earth science missions and to measure climate change – such as measuring Earth’s radiation or changes in polar ice, as recommended by the National Academy of Sciences

    There goes the $150 million budget for earth science missions!

    Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) — A satellite launched from California failed to reach orbit today, crashing into the sea near Antarctica and dooming a $273 million mission to study global- warming gase

  4. Ray44 on February 25, 2009 at 2:05 am

    Everyone whines about this stuff.  Why aren't people doing something about it.  How about a million person march on Washington?  How do we stop this arrogance?

    • PatRiot on February 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm

      Ray44,  The American Tea Party ( start at pjtv.com ) is organizing rallies all over (25+ cities, different dates) – including DC ( Friday 2/27 at noon).

  5. PatRiot on February 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    The speed of spending  arrogance & disrespect for the American people is staggering.  Anyone know a lawyer or gov't type (a Dickie Blumenthal figure) that can file a cease & desist order on these idiots.  Followed up directly with a class action lawsuit " US Citizen's vs the DC mob"  to throw them all out NOW.  Obama will come around to the COMMON SENSE the public is asking for.  But from there down, both parties gotta go.

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