Funding the War on Spinach

March 16, 2007

A list of provisions in the emergency war supplemental U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Health and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007" that do not fund the war:

  • $74 million for peanut storage costs.
  • $25 million for spinach growers.
  • $25 million for livestock (2005 Hurricane Livestock Indemnity program).
  • $100 million for citrus assistance (2005 Hurricanes Citrus program)
  • $283 million for the Milk Income Loss Contract program.
  • $120 million to compensate for the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the shrimp and menhaden fishing industries.
  • $60.4 million for salmon fishery "disaster" in the Klamath River region in California and Oregon.
  • $48 million for salaries and expenses for Farm Service Agency.
  • An additional $500 million for emergency wildfires suppression even though the Forest Service already has $831 million available for this purpose.
  • $400 million for rural schools.
  • Government contracting reform.
  • Minimum wage increase, which is already moving on a separate track.
  • $50 million for asbestos mitigation U.S. Capitol Plant.
  • $16 million for security upgrades to House of Representative Office buildings.
  • $6.4 million for House of Representatives Salaries and Expenses Account for business continuity and disaster recovery expenses.
  • $35 million for NASA risk mitigation projects in Gulf Coast.
  • $20 million for Emergency Conservation Program for farmland damaged by freezing temperatures.
  • $5 million for losses suffered by aquaculture businesses including breeding, rearing, or transporting live fish as a result of viral hemorrhagic septicemia.
  • $4 million for Office of Womens Health of FDA.
  • $10 million for the International Boundary and Water Commission, US/Mexico for the Rio Grande Flood Control System Rehabilitation project.