$8 Billion Worth Of “Pork” In Proposed Federal Spending Bill

By Scott Sarvay

December 16, 2010 Updated Dec 16, 2010 at 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The Senate plans to work through the weekend to pass a trillion dollar spending bill to keep the government running.

The problem is there is nearly 2,000 pages in the bill which contains $8 billion in earmarks and that has many Senators upset.

Some of the earmarks include $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii, $235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada and $165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont

There are at least three projects in the bill that will benefit Fort Wayne though.

Senator Richard Lugar has asked for $100,000 for outreach, screening and education for Burmese refugees, $150,000 will go to Manchester College's Fort Wayne campus for facilities and equipment and $2.4 million for a defense visual technology center connected to IPFW and the Fort Wayne Alliance.

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