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Pork ran rampant throughout the recent Omnibus spending bill. Of the $328 billion in discretionary spending, $10.7 billion went to earmarks. How did the states of Senate appropriators fare?

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Pork ran rampant throughout the recent Omnibus spending bill. Of the $328 billion in discretionary spending, $10.7 billion went to earmarks. How did the states of Senate appropriators fare?

Last week the Senate passed the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that included $328 billion in discretionary spending, $10.7 billion of which is in earmarks — specific set-asides for individual states. Conservatives like to call it “pork.” When ranked by the total dollar value of earmarks (a list compiled by Taxpayers for Common Sense), eight of the top ten states (not including Washington, D.C., which ranked sixth) had a senator on the appropriations committee. Also, of the 29 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, 17 of them were able to finagle enough earmarks to put their states in the top half of pork-getters, and 19 of them were in the top 30. So, incase you’re interested, here’s a list of the states with senators on the Appropriations Committee along with their ranking and total value of earmarks (spending data provided by Taxpayers for Common Sense). #1 California: $965,451,333

    Dianne Feinstein (D.) 331 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3841
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#3 Alaska: $495,810,758

    Ted Stevens (R.) 522 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3004
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#4 Maryland: $483,125,000

    Barbara Mikulski (D.) 709 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4654
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#5 Texas: $469,490,902

    Kay Bailey Hutchison (R.) 284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5922
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#7 Pennsylvania: $422,170,775

    Arlen Specter (R.) 711 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4254
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#8 West Virginia: $378,250,591

    Robert Byrd (D.) 311 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3954
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#9 Washington State: $373,138,757

    Patty Murray (D.) 173 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2621
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#11 Illinois: $328,345,041

    Richard Durbin (D.) 332 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2152
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#12 Alabama: $289,256,875

    Richard Shelby (R.) 110 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5744
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#14 New Hampshire: $263,746,700

    Judd Gregg (R.) 393 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3324
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#15 South Carolina: $261,350,286

    Ernest Hollings (D.) 125 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-6121
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#17 Colorado: $241,566,000

    Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R.) 380 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5852
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#18 Ohio: $235,838,500

    Mike DeWine (R.) 140 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2315
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#21 Kentucky: $193,008,875

    Mitch McConnell (R.) 361-A RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2541
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#22 Mississippi: $190,193,252

    Thad Cochran (R.) 113 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5054
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#23 Hawaii: $169,532,786

    Daniel Inouye (D.) 722 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3934
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#24 Iowa: $166,530,165

    Tom Harkin (D.) 731 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3254
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#28 Missouri: $138,152,707

    Christopher Bond (R.) 274 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5721
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#29 Wisconsin: $132,720,500

    Herb Kohl (D.) 330 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5653
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#32 Louisiana: $121,406,534

    Mary Landrieu (D.) 724 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5824
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#34 Utah: $103,330,361

    Robert Bennett (R.) 431 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5444
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#35 Nevada: $100,770,000

    Harry Reid (D.) 528 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3542
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#37 Kansas: $82,547,333

    Sam Brownback (R.) 303 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-6521
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#38 Montana: $76,207,500

    Conrad Burns (R.) 187 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2644
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#40 New Mexico: $71,433,500

    Pete Domenici (R.) 328 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-6621
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#41 Idaho: $65,212,090

    Larry Craig (R.) 520 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2752
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#46 South Dakota: $43,192,500

    Tim Johnson (D.) 136 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5842
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#47 North Dakota: $41,798,500

    Byron Dorgan (D.) 713 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2551
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#49 Vermont: $31,280,666

    Patrick Leahy (D.) 433 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4242
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