Feinstein secures nearly $1.1 billion for ‘pet projects’ in funding bills following death

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died last year, secured nearly $1.1 billion in earmarks, known as community project funding, which direct federal dollars to specific “pet projects” in members’ home states and districts. 

The California senator, who was a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, died in September of last year, but before her death, she submitted 265 projects directing federal funding to the Golden State, which were included in a package of six government funding bills unveiled by congressional leaders over the weekend.

The earmarks range across hundreds of projects, from funding repairs for fire stations to construction projects and grant programs, with thousands and sometimes millions of dollars flowing into each project.

Among the most expensive requests from the California senator was in the Energy and
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