More Big-Money Pet Projects From US Lawmakers Revealed: Restroom Renovations, Tree-Planting And More

More Big-Money Pet Projects From US Lawmakers Revealed: Restroom Renovations, Tree-Planting And More

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More details of pork-barrel projects are coming to light as members of Congress are embracing the return of earmark spending with gusto. 

The latest requests include funding for public bathroom renovations, monuments to celebrate Black culture and homeless encampments in California. 

Fox News has dug into the billions of dollars of pet pork projects that lawmakers have made public this week and has been highlighting some interesting finds. 


Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., wants $3 million to renovate 26 public restrooms at Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations in Alameda County. She also requested $1 million for “trash capture devices” throughout San Leandro, Calif.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif, requested $3 million to renovate 26 public restrooms as part of the 2022 earmark requests in Congress.

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., has requested $1 million for infrastructure, public artworks and monuments to celebrate Black culture in Los Angeles along Crenshaw Boulevard.

Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., put in requests for various projects to help the homeless in Los Angeles County, including $1 million for homeless encampment infrastructure in the city of Torrance. The money would help four encampments install “wrought iron fencing, hazardous waste removal and landscaping.”

And Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., wants $500,000 for murals and lights in Trenton and another $625,000 to plant ash trees in Mercer County to replace those lost by the emerald ash borer infestation.

Coleman’s office said the tree planting project is “a valuable use of taxpayer funds” to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and air quality. Ash tree loss “is a significant ecological and economic problem for Mercer County and the state of New Jersey,” her office said.

In this image from video, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., speaks during the second impeachment

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