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FBI salaries = wasteful pork?

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House Republicans yesterday unveiled a list of spending items in the stimulus bill that they called wasteful. One item in particular jumped out at me: “$75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.”

Gregg Carlstrom last week highlighted Republican reluctance to pay for new cars for federal employees, but Republicans have also criticized many more line items affecting feds. Even though the construction industry is facing its own hardships in the economy, the GOP feels that building, renovating or repairing facilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Homeland Security Department, State Department and Public Health Service would also be wasteful.

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  1. Bloozer92 Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Does anyone know anything more specific about this? For instance, what kind of positions was the money for?

  2. Fedline » One more word on the stimulus package Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    [...] calls out the wrongheaded argument that spending $75 million on FBI salaries is not economic [...]

  3. Rebecca Neal Says:
    February 4th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    The bill doesn’t say what positions the money would be used for — one of the reasons it makes for an easy target.