Divvying Up the Pork
Earmarking is a bipartisan practice on Capitol Hill. But the $410 billion spending measure passed with overwhelming Democratic support while most Republicans opposed it. Several Republicans who were wholeheartedly against the bill, however, still got some big-ticket items for their states. Here are some highlights of leading Republicans who received earmarks, despite opposing final passage:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.)
-- Total earmarks co-sponsored: $75.6 million
-- Example: $2.6 million to rehabilitate the Cox building in Maysville, Ky.
Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (Ariz.)
-- $25.8 million
-- $500,000 for water-treatment improvements in Surprise, Ariz.
Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)