|(May 7, 2021, 3:45 a.m.) -- Congresswoman Nanette Barragán (D, Carson/NLB/Compton) is asking the House Appropriations Committee to include $250,000 in federal taxpayer FY 22 funding to "improve and expand services" at the Michele Obama Neighborhood Library in North Long Beach.
Congresswoman Barragán's funding request says the sum would be used "to advance early childhood education and literacy -- providing the library with the resources needed to organize enrichment workshops, events, and other programs to contribute to the development of young children" and "advance multilingual access to library resources by providing print and e-books in multiple languages, and also creating multilingual signage and promotional materials."
The request is among ten earmarks for which Congresswoman Barragán seeks federal funding listed on her House webpage here It's not the largest among her requested items, or the largest among other Congressmembers' requested earmarks, but it caught the attention of Fox News, which listed it among items in a story bylined to Remy Numa titled, "50 eye-popping earmarks requested by lawmakers in upcoming federal budget."
The item appears as follows on Congresswoman Barragán's House website:
Congresswoman Barragán's website notes that only a handful of projects she and others requested may actually be funded.
The Fox News story notes there's pushback from some House Democrats and Republicans to the return of "earmarks" ("pork barrel" district spending.)
The source of Barragán's Michelle Obama Library item isn't immediately visible. Was it requested by Long Beach Vice Mayor/9th dist,. Councilman Rex Richardson? Was it requested by LB city management or library management? Or did it originate with Congresswoman Barragán herself?
LBREPORT.com will follow up on these and other aspects of this story, Developing.
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