The Chronicle of Higher Education
From the issue dated August 10, 2001

Top Sponsors of Pork in the Education Department

Congress directed an unprecedented $139,313,000 in earmarked funds to colleges and universities in the Education Department's 2001 budget. Here are the sponsors of the largest amounts of pork in the department, and some of their top projects.

1. Sen. Bill Frist and Sen. Fred D. Thompson (both R-Tenn.)
$6-million (joint sponsors)
  • $6-million for the Howard Baker School of Government at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Senator Frist is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Senator Thompson is the ranking Republican on the Senate's Government Affairs Committee.

2. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska)
$5.6-million
  • $1.8-million for job-based curriculum development at the University of Alaska-Southeast
  • $800,000 for the Alaska Distance Education Consortium at the University of Alaska system
Senator Stevens was the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee when the 2001 budget was assembled. With the Democratic takeover of the Senate this year, he is the ranking Republican on the panel.

3. Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.)
$4.6-million
  • $2.5-million for the training of math and science teachers at Wheeling Jesuit University
Senator Byrd is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He was the ranking Democrat on the panel when the 2001 budget was put together.

4. Rep. Ernest J. Istook (R-Okla.)
$4.6-million
  • $4.6-million for an educational telecommunications and information network for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
Representative Istook is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

5. Rep. J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)
$4.2-million
  • $4.2-million for the Northern Illinois Center for Accelerator and Detector Development at Northern Illinois University
Representative Hastert is the speaker of the House of Representatives.

6. Rep. Doug Bereuter (R-Neb.)
$3.6-million
  • $2.7-million for the Nebraska Center for Information Technology Education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • $691,000 to purchase new computers and upgrade technology at Wayne State College
Representative Bereuter is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services.

7. Rep. John E. Porter (R-Ill.)
$3.3-million
  • $1.2-million for infrastructure improvement at DePaul University
  • $949,000 for a distance-learning program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine
Representative Porter, now retired from Congress, headed the House appropriations subcommittee that oversaw the Education Department.

8. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.)
$3.2-million
  • $1-million for faculty development and community outreach at Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education
Senator Specter was the chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommitee that oversaw the Education Department when the 2001 budget was passed. With Democrats controlling the Senate, Mr. Specter is now that panel's ranking Republican member.

9. Rep. Robert E. Andrews (D-N.J.)
$3.1-million
  • $3.1-million to establish a network that combines voice, video, and data communications at Rutgers University
Representative Andrews has a seat on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

10. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.)
$2.6-million
  • $1.7-million to support the expansion of distance education at San Mateo Community College District
Representative Lewis has a seat on the House Appropriations Committee.
Note: There are no ties in rankings. Because of rounding, some close rankings appear to be identical. When more than one legislator secured an earmark, both are credited.
SOURCES: Department of Education, Chronicle reporting


The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 10, 2001
Section: Government & Politics
Page: A23