CAGW’s 2019 Pig Book is Here!

We told you CAGW’s 2019 Congressional Pig Book would make news headlines. It was the top story on after its release at a Capitol Hill press conference earlier today!

This year’s Pig Book identifies 282 pork-barrel earmarks costing taxpayers $15.3 billion in the appropriations bills funding the federal government in fiscal year (FY) 2019. The cost is more than half of the record of $29 billion in earmarks set 13 years ago – an ominous uptick in congressionally-directed, special interest spending.

What’s more, the 2019 Congressional Pig Book documents the seventh time that members of Congress have violated the earmark moratorium adopted in FY 2011 in order to waste vital taxpayer dollars on parochial and non-essential pet projects.

Among the egregious examples of pork-barrel waste highlighted in the 2019 Pig Book are $13.8 million to manage wild horses and burros, $9 million to quarantine fruit flies, and $863,000 to eradicate brown tree snakes in Guam.

CAGW was joined at the press conference by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Reps. Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). Also in attendance were CAGW’s mascots-in-costume, “PigFoot” and “Pig Spender,” as well as our live porcine pal, Faye.

Click here to read the 2019 Pig Book Summary, or search the Pork Database of all 282 projects.

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