Republican Senator and former Presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, is criticizing an earmark tucked into the Homeland Security bill at the request of three Utah lawmakers that would help Brigham City retrofit a senior center.McCain says last time he checked senior centers are important but they have very little to do with homeland security. He urged his colleagues to defeat the bill because it contained 181 pet projects worth more than $267 million.The $44 billion bill passed in the Senate on a vote of 79 to 19. With the earmarks intact, Brigham City would receive $250,000 to conduct some seismic upgrades to the senior center with the funding coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, known as FEMA. Utah Senators Bob Bennett and Orrin Hatch requested the earmark in the Senate with Congressman Rob Bishop, a Brigham City native, backing it in the House.
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