WASHINGTON (AP) _ Georgia lawmakers brought home a share of the
pie this week as Congress approved the year-end spending bill.
Faring especially well were Representatives Jack Kingston of
Savannah and Sanford Bishop of Albany. As Georgia's only members of the appropriations committee, they took home money for law
enforcement, youth programs, water infrastructure and other
That's in addition to millions of dollars in defense-related spending they won in a military spending bill last month.
With help from Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, Bishop took home six million dollars to finish construction of a new Patriot Park museum and visitors' complex at Fort Benning. Kingston secured 6.4 million for beach renourishment on Tybee Island, again with help from Isakson and Chambliss.
For their part, Isakson and Chambliss secured $600,000 to repair public facilities at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge and two million dollars to buy public land for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.