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2019 'Pig Book' finds government's pork addiction getting worse

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Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) just-released 2019 Congressional Pig Book exposes 282 earmarks in fiscal year (FY) 2019, 22 percent more than FY 2018. The cost of earmarks was $15.3 billion, a 4 percent increase from FY 2018 and the largest amount in nine years. Since FY 1991, CAGW has identified 111,144 earmarks costing $359.8 billion.

This year’s pork-barrel exposé features earmarks for notoriously wasteful projects like $1.8 billion for 16 additional F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that the Pentagon did not request (even though the program is eight years behind schedule and on track to become the most expensive weapon system in U.S. history, with a lifetime operation and maintenance cost estimate of $1.2 trillion).

The 2019 Pig Book also includes a slew of absurd nature-related earmarks.

Congress earmarked $65 million to help recover Pacific Coastal Salmon, $13.8 million to manage wild horses, $12 million to control aquatic plants, $9 million to quarantine fruit........

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