Victims' Rights Caucus


Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) announced today that he secured federal funding for ten important projects for the 2nd Congressional District totaling $4,511,000.

There is a lot of talk about earmarks lately, and while I do not support wasteful spending, I do believe that Members of Congress have better judgment as to the needs of their districts than some bureaucrat in Washington, DC, said Poe. It is the responsibility of elected officials to spend your tax dollars wisely and see that the projects that are most beneficial to the constituents of their district get federal funding. It is equally important that Members of Congress also make their earmarks transparent to the public.

FY 2008 Federal Appropriations for TX02:

  • Houston Police Department, Byrne Grant funding for LiveScan equipment
    • $352,000
    • LiveScan captures electronic fingerprints as part of the IAFIS (Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System) program which enables law enforcement to determine instantly the alienage and criminal history of those they apprehend through the federal Law Enforcement Support Center.

  • Lamar University, continuation of its Advanced Fuel Cell Research Program
    • $2,400,000
    • This project is in coordination with the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and addresses a critical need for an efficient and clean advanced energy source to meet urgent U.S. Army space and missile defense battlefield requirements.

  • Sabine-Neches Waterway Planning, Engineering, and Design
    • $180,000
    • Funds a General Investigation Study of deepening and widening the waterway.

  • Harris County Flood Control District, Greens Bayou Study
    • $488,000

  • Texas General Land Office, Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay Shoreline Erosion Feasibility Study
    • $100,000
    • Phase 2 of the Shoreline Erosion Project. The area consists of approximately 90 miles of Gulf of Mexico shoreline in Jefferson, Chambers, and Galveston Counties.

  • Lamar University, Community and University Partnerships Service Program Health Facilities and Services Program
    • $146,000
    • This program is designed to utilize University resources, faculty, students, and facilities to expand health care services to South East Texas.

  • Memorial Hermann Baptist Beaumont Hospital, Behavioral Health Center/Chemical Dependency Unit
    • $195,000
    • To develop a comprehensive residential and day treatment program for chemically dependent adults. This new facility would be the only provider within approximately 100 miles offering a full range of chemical dependency services in extreme southeast Texas.

  • Houston Airport System, George Bush Intercontinental Airport Noise Mitigation
    • $500,000
    • Funding continue the residential acquisition and sou