Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) Dissects the Omnibus Spending Bill

Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC-09) published a Twitter thread dissecting the “omnibus” spending bill staggering through Congress.  His objective is, in the best tradition of the late William Proxmire, to highlight the worst travesties in this monstrosity.  (The perceptive reader will have figured out that I don’t like this bill very much.)  His entire takedown is in the pdf below.  Here are a few highlights.

$3.6 million for the Michelle Obama Trail is tucked in amongst a raft of earmarks.

A few earmarks Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) Dissects the Omnibus Spending Bill

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Customs and Border Patrol cannot use funding to improve border security.

Border protection Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) Dissects the Omnibus Spending Bill

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BUT there is $410 million for border protection in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman.

More money for FBI, ATF, and U.S. Attorneys with the directive to focus on January 6 cases.

FBI etc Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) Dissects the Omnibus Spending Bill

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$335 million to prepare for an influenza pandemic.  Bonus: part of this will be used to improve surveillance tools.

Flu prep Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) Dissects the Omnibus Spending Bill

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More earmarks, including $1.5 million to renovate the Albany (NY) city hall.

More earmarks Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) Dissects the Omnibus Spending Bill

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And, finally, $65 million for … salmon.

Salmon Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) Dissects the Omnibus Spending Bill

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Here’s the full travesty.

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About Tony Lima

Retired after teaching economics at California State Univ., East Bay (Hayward, CA). Ph.D., economics, Stanford. Also taught MBA finance at the California University of Management and Technology. Occasionally take on a consulting project if it's interesting. Other interests include wine and technology.