$5 million to subsidize farmers’ markets and roadside produce stands in 31 states. The bill singles out Wisconsin, home of Rep. Dave Obey, top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee.
$2.5 million to map coral reefs in the waters around Hawaii. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
$16 million for fishermen and communities in New England hurt by federal fishing limits, and another $5 million for loans to commercial fishing operations there and elsewhere.
$7.2 million to buy a second supercomputer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to forecast the weather. Lawmakers say the agency needs a backup in case of terrorism.
More than $1 billion for veterans benefits and medical care. The House bill directs the administration not to use that money for homeland defense.”