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Congress is set to approve a major appropriations package before lawmakers leave Washington for the year, which means press offices are eager to hit the send button on e-mail press releases that herald the dollars obtained for projects back home.
Thanks to the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, here’s a list of the earmarks in the three appropriations bills headed for the president’s desk — a first look at what Arkansas lawmakers will be touting when they return to the Natural State.
Nearly $50 million worth of earmarks for Arkansas projects are contained in the Defense, Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security fiscal 2009 appropriations bills.
Lawmakers are expected to take up the eight other spending bills when a new Congress convenes in January.
Here are the projects for Arkansas, listed by sponsor:
Rep. Marion Berry, D-Gillett, and Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both D-Ark.:
$1.6 million for biological air filtering system technology;
$800,000 for spectroscopic materials identification center;
$2.8 million for a standoff hazardous agent detection and evaluation system;
$10.9 million for a new National Guard readiness center in Cabot.
$50,000 for pre-disaster mitigation for the city of Wynne.
Rep. John Boozman, R-Rogers:
$750,000 for Sebastian County’s emergency operations center.
Boozman, Lincoln and Pryor:
$3.2 million for development of mobile combat support hospitals, which could be manufactured in Russellville;
$204,000 for a infantry platoon battle course at Fort Chaffee;
Boozman and Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott:
$800,000 for the center for nanoscale biosciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and UA-Pine Bluff.
Ross, Lincoln and Pryor:
$8.8 million for mortar and grenade production at the Pine Bluff Arsenal.
$1.6 million for development of a lightweight, unmanned ground robot;
$1.6 million for grenade production.
Rep. Vic Snyder, Lincoln and Pryor:
$2 million for advanced functional nanomaterials for biological processes;
$1.6 million for silicon carbide torso plates;
$1.6 million for information quality tools for persistent surveillance data sets;
$4 million for the engine shop replacement at Little Rock Air Force Base.
Lincoln and Pryor:
$1.6 million for advanced field artillery tactical data systems;
$2.5 million for nanoscale biosensors;
$800,000 for nanotech lubricants designed for durability, energy-saving and sustainability of oceanic vehicles.
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