$7,105,000 for construction of an international narcotics control<br> law enforcement academy in Roswell, NM. wtf?<br><br>~<br><br>Dear MoveOn member,<br><br>Congress is now considering President Bush's gigantic, 820 billion<br>dollar spending bill. The bill is full of giveaways to giant<br>corporations, including many that would never pass if they were<br>considered on their own, such as:<br><br>- Bush's attempt to roll back overtime protections for 8 million<br> hardworking families; and<br><br>- The FCC's attempt to allow more media monopolization.<br><br>The House is scheduled to vote on this bill today, Monday December 8th.<br>The Senate may follow suit soon afterward -- unless we help stop them.<br><br>Please call your Representative and Senators now, at:<br><br> Representative Peter Deutsch <br> DC Phone: 202-225-7931<br><br> Senator Bob Graham<br> DC Phone: 202-224-3041<br> Local Phone: 305-536-7293<br><br> Senator Bill Nelson<br> DC Phone: 202-224-5274<br> Local Phone: 850-942-8415<br><br>Urge them to reject Bush's Omnibus* spending bill. <br><br>Please let us know you're calling, at: --<br><br>We've had a fantastic response on our Stop the Looting campaign -- more<br>than 150,000 of us have called on Congress to reject this bill. <br><br>In recent months MoveOn members have fought hard to protect overtime,<br>and to maintain the cap on media ownership by a single company. In<br>both cases, majorities in both houses of Congress agreed with us. <br>Now, Congress may reverse itself on both of these issues. <br><br>One reason is that this giant spending bill is full of pork -- there's<br>something in it for virtually every member of Congress' home district.<br>That's why calls from constituents will be especially important to<br>stop this bill -- they need to know we won't take the bait, that we<br>insist on a better, cleaner bill instead.<br><br>Here are some examples of the pork in the Omnibus spending bill:<br><br> $50,000,000 to build an indoor rainforest in Iowa.<br><br> $2,000,000 for the First Tee Program, to get young people into golf.<br><br> $405,000 for industrial lubricants research in Iowa.<br><br> $338,000 for the Alabama Beef Connection.<br><br> $225,000 for the National Wild Turkey federation, a hunting concern.<br><br> $4,000,000 for the International Fertilizer Development Center.<br><br> $595,000,000 for Trilogy, an FBI information technology program.<br> <br> $397,700,000 for prison buildings and facilities.<br><br> $6,000,000 for a Police Athletic League.<br><br> $30,000,000 for the Southwest Border Prosecutors Initiative.<br><br> $7,105,000 for construction of an international narcotics control<br> law enforcement academy in Roswell, NM.<br><br> Up to $120,000,000 for a classified Defense Department project.<br><br> $250,000 for the General Patton Museum of Cavalry & Armor, in Kentucky.<br><br> $225,000 for a shopping center in Adelanto, CA.<br><br> $500,000 for the "Exercise in Hard Choices" at the U. of Akron, which<br> attempts to replicate House and Senate meetings in which congressional<br> members review a budget, and vote to include or exclude various options.<br><br>Not all choices are so hard. This Omnibus spending bill must be stopped.<br><br>Please call your representatives now.<br><br>Thank you.<br><br>Sincerely,<br><br>- Carrie, Eli, James, Joan, Noah, Peter, Wes, and Zack<br> The MoveOn team<br> Monday, December 8th, 2003<br><br>* The word "Omnibus" refers to the fact that several spending bills<br>that began separately have been rolled together into one giant bill.<br><br>P.S. Here are some more information resources:<br><br>- For more on the pork projects listed above, and many, many others in<br> the bill, see this analysis by Taxpayers for Common Sense:<br> http://www.taxpayer.net/budget/FY04OmnibusEarmarks.pdf<br> Taxpayers for Common Sense also has other great resources, at:<br> http://www.taxpayer.net/<br><br>- A letter detailing even more outrages, from David Obey, the ranking<br> Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, is at:<br> http://www.moveon.org/looting/spending-dear-colleague.pdf<br> <br>- A lengthier report on pork from Obey's office is at:<br> http://www.house.gov/appropriations_democrats/PorkReport.pdf<br><br>- For some good information on Bush contributors and the paybacks<br> they're receiving through various bills, see:<br> http://whitehouseforsale.org/contributorsandpaybacks/<br> <br>- For a fun video on America's skewed budget priorities, from our<br> friends at TrueMajority, see:<br> http://action.truemajority.org/ctt.asp?u=5265&l=244<br> <br>P.P.S.: Last night's house parties were a huge success - we'll send<br>details soon. <br><br><br>http://axisofjustice.org
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