It looks like, with the help of three Republican Senators, making up for three Democrat defectors, the Senate will send a clean Omnibus bill back to the House for passage tonight.
The earmarks are still in but Fox News has the round-up of the top 20 pork project beneficiaries. Byrd once again tops the list by a wide margin. But the other folks at the top of the list are worth noting. West Virginia, Alabama are among the smallest and poorest states. Missouri is … well Missouri. Not poor, but not a state I would expect to be near the top of the list. Click here for the whole story.
Here’s a breakdown of the top 20 earmarking senators and the value of their solo earmarks:
1) Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. — $122,804,900
2) Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala. — $114,484,250
3) Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo. — $85,691,491
4) Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. — $76,899,425
5) Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. — $75,908,475
Notice the R’s. The D’s do dominate as you move down the list but for those of us who are looking for fiscal responsibility at a time when we are cutting back ourselves and at a time when Obama has already spent or is about to $3 trillion … we have a steep hill to climb.