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One year of earmarks for Rep. C.W. Bill Young illustrates career built on them

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young never shied from the political largesse he secured for Pinellas County and Florida — and over the years he used his clout to bring back hundreds of millions.

"We get calls on a regular basis from people saying 'I'm against earmarks,' " he told the Tampa Bay Times in a 2010 interview. "Well, I say, 'Are you opposed to fixing U.S. 19, to make it a safe highway?' 'Oh, no, no.' 'Well, that was an earmark.' I say, 'Are you opposed to building that new hospital for veterans?' 'No, absolutely not.' 'Well, that was an earmark.' The trouble is the media has reported earmarks as something evil without actually reporting exactly what earmarks can do. I would agree that probably some of the congressional earmarks should have never been approved and there probably should have been a better system."

It's almost impossible to know exactly how much Young secured because disclosure was not required until 2007. But 2010, the final year before earmarks were banned, provides a vivid illustration of Young's reach.

(Note: This is a list of the "solo" earmarks and excludes a not-insignificant amount Young secured with other lawmakers. Also, the odd descriptions are often defense industry related projects.)

$21 million Consolidated Communications Facility
$4 million Cooperative Engagement Capability
$4 million Maritime Domain Awareness and Maritime Security Technology Pilot, SRI International
$4 million Reduced Manning Situational Awareness
$4 million SHARK Precision Guided Artillery Round-105mm
$3.2 million Comprehensive Maritime Domain Awareness
$3 million High Performance Thermal Battery Infrastructure Project
$2.8 million Multi-Jurisdictional Counter-Drug Task Force Training
$2.8 million National Terrorism Preparedness Institute, Anti-Terrorism/ Counter-Terrorism Technology Development and Training
$2.4 million Advanced Electronic Components for Sensor Arrays
$2.4 million Autonomous Marine Sensors and Networks for Rapid Littoral Assessment
$2.4 million Battlefield Sensor Netting
$2.4 million Florida National Guard Total Force Integration
$2.4 million Military/Law Enforcement Counterterrorism Test Bed
$2.4 million Next Generation Scalable Lean Manufacturing Initiative-Phase Two
$2 million National Forensic Science Technology Center, Forensic Technology Center of Excellence
$2 million WMD Civil Support Team for Florida
$1.6 million Advanced Battery Technology
$1.6 million Advanced Detection of Explosives
$1.6 million BATMAV Program Miniature Digital Data Link
$1.6 million CBRN Detection Unmanned Aircraft
$1.6 million Countermeasures to Combat Protozoan Parasites (Toxoplasmosis and Malaria)
$1.6 million Expansion of the Forensic Intelligence Technologies and Training Support Center of Excellence
$1.6 million Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Global Sensors Architecture
$1.6 million United States Special Operations Command-USSOCOM/ STAR-TEC Partnership Program
$1.5 million St. Petersburg College National Terrorism Preparedness Institute
$1.2 million WMD Civil Support Team for Florida
$1 million Advanced Conductivity Program
$1 million St. Petersburg Solar Pilot Project
$1 million St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport

One year of earmarks for Rep. C.W. Bill Young illustrates career built on them 10/09/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:48am]
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