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Watchdog makes $14.7 B-pork-barrel spending, including the “brown tree snake eradication” project

A watchdog group, citizens Against government waste, which released on Wednesday its annual Congress pig book, what it considers the most egregious examples of pork-barrel spending in Congress, which will be drawn this time from the financial year 2018 appropriations bills.

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To save the Federal government millions of Pacific Coast salmon. And it is doling out more than US $600,000 to kill brown tree snakes in Guam.

A watchdog group, citizens Against government waste, which released on Wednesday its annual Congress pig book, what it considers the most egregious examples of pork-barrel spending in Congress, which will be drawn this time from the financial year 2018 appropriations bills.

According to the group, in 2018, a total of $14.7 billion, an increase of 116.2%, from $6.8 billion in 2017.

Among the most blatant examples of pork featured by the group:

Faye-bellied pig is here and she needs a Cup of coffee. #PigBook pic.twitter.com/U7VOPPC56b

— Curtis Kalin (@CurtisKalin) July 18, 2018

— $65 million for “Pacific coastal salmon recovery.” According to its website, the Pacific Coastal salmon Recovery Fund “was made by the Congress in the year 2000, the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska repent.”

$11 million for an “aquatic plant control program.” The group said that since 1994, there is a 24-ear-tags in value of $58.1 million for the aquatic plant control projects.

— $663,000 for a “brown tree snake eradication program.” According to citizens Against government waste, the snakes home “in Northern Australia, Indonesia and many Islands in Melanesia, and caused damage to the ecosystem of Guam, where they were probably introduced by the U.S. military after the second world war.”

Getting ready for the @GovWaste #PigBook press conference this morning! Come learn more about wasteful spending. pic.twitter.com/6XMIEHvvud

— Spencer Chretien (@Spencer Chretien) July 18, 2018

— US $ 10 million for “high-energy-cost subsidies” in the Rural Utilities service.

– $2.8 million for the National capital arts and Cultural Affairs grant program, which funds arts and cultural facilities, in Washington, DC

A number of Republican lawmakers attended on Wednesday the press-conference on the list, including Sens. Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz, and Joni Ernst, Arizona, Texas and Iowa, respectively.

In the year 2018, @GovWaste #PigBook press conference is in progress. pic.twitter.com/KSojKMp5xn

— Curtis Kalin (@CurtisKalin) July 18, 2018

Considered for inclusion in the group is the annual book, to be provided which meet, at least one criterion, including the question of whether it was requested by you, it was not only approved by one chamber of the U.S. Congress; if you expressly do not have to; if it awarded competitively; if it was not requested by the President; if it greatly exceeds the president’s budget request or the previous year, the funding is; if it is not the subject of hearings in Congress; or if it only serves a local or special interest.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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