March 15, 2007 11:48AM

The Emergency Du Jour

True to form, Congress has added some non‐​defense items to the current “emergency” supplemental spending bill that was proposed mainly as a way to fund the troop surge in Iraq. Among my favorites (as reported in this chart — subscription required — in today’s Congressional Quarterly):

* $1.8 billion in crop subsidies

* $283 million in price supports for milk producers

* $74 million for “peanut storage” subsidies

* $25 million in aid to spinach growers who lost money during the 2006 contamination scare