Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.
In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.
Today’s offering: $2.35 million for the Leahy Center - requested by Sen. Patrick Leahy!
The Washington Examiner reports:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) railed against the omnibus funding bill in a floor speech as the Democratic-led House prepares to pass it in the last days of its majority...
McCarthy targeted earmarks, which are spending provisions for specific districts, and blamed the Democrats for placing "politics over people" — inverting their tagline of "people over politics."
"For example, there's $2.35 million for the Leahy Center in Vermont, named after Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Well, who requested it? Oh, Patrick Leahy. Who wrote the bill? Patrick Leahy. Meanwhile, Chairwoman [Rosa] DeLauro (D-CT) bragged that the omnibus fulfills 98% of the Democratic members' requests in the House, with $5.4 billion for 3,213 Democratic projects," he said.
It doesn't get any richer. On his way out the door, the now retired Sen. Patrick Leahy took $2.35 million of OUR money to build a shrine to himself.
We know that Washington politicians are arrogant, but HOW BLATANTLY ARROGANT was this?
We're glad he's no longer in office - but there are so many more elected officials just like him.