<table style="margin-bottom: 5px;" cellpading="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody><tr> <td width="300"> Printer Friendly | PDF | Email Mar 14, 2007 3:42 PM (14 hrs ago) by Charles Hurt , The Examiner </td> <td valign="bottom"> Font Size: a a A A Current rank: # 1 of 19,451 </td> </tr> </tbody></table> (University of Georgia) Congress loaded up more than $20 billion in WASHINGTON - Congress has loaded up President Bush's request for "emergency" spending on the Iraq war with more than $20 billion in "pork" for members' districts. Money for peanut storage in Georgia, spinach growers in California, menhaden in the Atlantic Ocean and even more office space for the lawmakers themselves is included in what has ballooned into a $124 billion war bill. " This emergency supplemental bill has more ornaments hanging over our many branches of government than the White House Christmas tree," Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., said. Originally, Bush asked for $105 billion in emergency funding. Democratic leaders say they want to grant the request to continue funding the war despite their desire to end it. "We have provided all of the money the president requested- and more ," boasted House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer. That includes $74 million for peanut storage, $25 million for spinach growers and $100 million for citrus growers. It also includes $16 million to convert the old Food and Drug Administration building in southwest D.C. into more office space for the Capitol. That "emergency" expenditure comes at a time when taxpayers already shell out $600 million "more than double the original estimate" for a mammoth expansion of the Capitol, which includes 160,000 feet of new office space. This is getting so old.