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Nearly $5M in Earmarks for 12th Congressional District
Wednesday, 11 March 2009

March 11--  We asked Congressman John Barrow's office to identify the earmarks the Congressman sponsored and which were included in the budget signed by President Obama Wednesday.  Congressman Barrow sponsored 13 earmarks for funds totaling $4,936,000.  See the response below.

Here are the requests Congressman Barrow made that were included in the 2009 Omnibus Bill that the President signed today:

  1. $346,000 for the University of Georgia to conduct research on Cotton Insect Management and Fiber Quality.
  2. $450,000 for Savannah State University for the restoration of Marine Science Facilities.
  3. $350,000 for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for Mobile Data Terminal Expansion.
  4. $100,000 for the Sparta Police Department for police cars.
  5. $670,000 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.
  6. $350,000 for the City of Crawfordville for a citywide sewer line rehabilitation project.
  7. $143,000 for the Emanuel Medical Center for new equipment.
  8. $190,000 for Jenkins County Hospital for the Radiology Department.         
  9. $285,000 for the JMS Burn Center for Burn Care Training for First Responders (EMS personnel) in Georgia.
  10. $152,000 for the Washington County Regional Medical Center for facility improvements.
  11. $665,000 for the Chatham Area Transit Authority for CAT Bus Replacement
  12. $475,000 for the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority for the Savannah River Ferry System.
  13. $760,000 for the Georgia Department of Transportation for the Noise Wall on I-520 in Augusta.

Congressman Barrow is committed to making the appropriations process as transparent as possible.  He applauds the new process that is in place for appropriation submissions, and per those requirements will be posting his appropriations requests online before he submits them, as well as following all other requirements.  The new process is as follows:

Step 1:   Members are Required to Post All Requests Online: To offer more opportunity for public scrutiny of member requests, members are required to post information on their earmark requests on their websites at the time the request is made with the proposed recipient, the address of the recipient, the amount of the request, and an explanation of the request, including purpose, and why it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds. (New as of January, 2009)

Step 2:   Certify No Financial Interest: At the time the request is made, the member must send the committee a letter identifying the earmark, the entity that will receive the funds and their address, what the earmark does, and a certification that neither the requesting member nor their spouse will benefit from it financially.  The certification is available on the internet at least 48 hours prior to a floor vote on the bill.

Step 3:   Executive Review: The appropriate agency will be given 20 days to check that the proposed earmark is eligible for funding and meets goals established in law. (New as of March 11, 2009)

Step 4:   Early Public Disclosure of Subcommittee Decisions: Each bill must be accompanied by a list identifying each earmark that it includes and which member requested it.  To increase the time available for public scrutiny of committee decisions, earmark disclosure tables will be made publically available the same day as the House or Senate Subcommittee rather than Full Committee reports their bill. (New as of January 2009)

Step 5:   A Cap of 1%: Total funding for non-project based earmarks will be limited to 50% of the 2006 levels and no more than 1% of the total discretionary budget. (New as of January 2009)

Step 6:   Votes: Members are able to offer floor amendments on earmarks under the rules of the House and Senate.  Over 70 such votes were taken on individual earmarks in 2007 in the House.

Step 7:   Competitive Process: Earmarks directed to for-profit entities will undergo a competitive bidding process. (New as of March 11, 2009)

Step 8:   Rescissions: In the event that any “clunkers” are discovered after enactment, under the rescission process on the books, the Congress can consider proposals by the President to rescind funding. 




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