Inouye Still Brings Home The Bacon

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

East-West Center funding was on the chopping block just three months ago, with House Republicans looking for what they deemed wasteful federal spending.

As Civil Beat reported, however, U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye worked to get the center's $16.7 million reinstated in an appropriations bill.

The $16.7 million for the East-West Center is now part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 that is headed to President Barack Obama's desk for signature. The money is part of $490 million that will fund an array of programs and projects in the state, most of them military.

While the GOP may have forced lawmakers like Inouye to dramatically curb earmarks — also known as pork — Hawaii's senior senator is still finding ways to send the kala back to the aina.

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