The House of Representative today passed a bill to fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs programs in fiscal year 2009 contains 104 earmarks worth $722.8 million (click here for the database). A large chunk of this funding goes to one earmark, sponsored by Reps. Corrine Brown (D-FL) and Dave Weldon (R-FL), that will increase by $100 million the President's request for a new health facility in Orlando, Florida.
In addition to the Congressional earmarks, the bill also contains more than $11 billion in earmarks requested by the administration. This total was reduced somewhat by some large cuts to administration requests, including $60 million from the missile defense program in Europe and $100 million from the Army's Medical Research Institute on Infectious Diseases located at Fort Detrick, MD.
Click here to read the earmark request letters.