Leadership Has Its Privileges

Here are a few of the items we found in the omnibus spending bill earmarked for the districts of House leaders.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.)

  • $523,000 for St. Charles, Ill., Police Department, for law enforcement technologies.
  • $3,200,000 Association for Individual Development, Aurora, Ill.
  • $4,000,000 Provena Mercy Center, Aurora, Ill.
  • $700,000 DeKalb, Ill., for building rehabilitation, streetscape improvements and beautification on East Lincoln Highway.

    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R.-Tex.)

  • $6,000,000 State Highway 332 at Brazos River, Brazoria County, Texas.
  • $1,000,000 Greater Harris County Texas, for in-car police technologies.
  • $500,000 Brazos River Authority for water infrastructure improvements in West Fort Bend County, Texas.
  • $3,600,000 Sugar Land regional airport expansion.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.)

  • $100,000 International Museum of Women, San Francisco.
  • $500,000 Grant for the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment in San Francisco.
  • $9,000,000 San Francisco, Calif., Muni Third Street Light Rail Project.
  • $4,000,000 KIPP Foundation, San Francisco, Calif. for KIPP School Leadership Program.

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.)

  • $150,000 for Charles County, Md. for the La Plata Community Center.
  • $1,000,000 Real Time Transit Passenger Information System for the Prince George’s County Dept. of Public Works, Md.
  • $200,000 St. Mary’s College, Md. for the River and Lands Institute.