By: AP
By: AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The anti-earmark mood in Congress cost
Alabama universities, defense contractors, cities and counties $130
million.

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill proposed in Washington contained funds earmarked for 56 Alabama projects pushed by some members of the state's Washington delegation.

The spending plan caused an uproar among some Republicans who
have sworn off earmarked appropriations for special projects.

It was withdrawn by Democrats without ever coming to a vote. Congress replaced it with a temporary measure to fund government at
last year's levels with no earmarked projects.

The Birmingham News reported that Alabama's largest earmark was $30 million for the University of Alabama's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Training and Research Corridor.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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