Why There's Shrimp in the Iraq Spending Bill

To entice reluctant colleagues, House Dems pumped their bill--which seeks troop withdrawal by August '08--with more than $20 billion in pork.

$20 MILLION for the cleanup and restoration of farmland that has been damaged by freezing temperatures since January

$25 MILLION for spinach growers and handlers to help them bounce back from the E. coli scare that began last September

$74 MILLION to pay for the storage, handling and other unspecified costs of the 2007 peanut crop

$100 MILLION to compensate citrus producers whose crops were destroyed and endangered by hurricanes Katrina and Rita

$120 MILLION to the shrimp and menhaden...

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