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Top Dogs

Bill Young and Ted Stevens
Bill Young and Ted Stevens

At the center of Washington's annual appropriations feeding frenzy are two of the most popular guys in Congress: the men responsible for doling out the pork. Young and Stevens, who chair, respectively, the House and Senate appropriations committees, are both longtime members of Congress who know how to play the game, but each plays it differently. The moderate Young, from Florida, has signaled a praiseworthy disdain for playing politics with spending legislation. His blustery Alaskan counterpart in the Senate, however, had no qualms about tacking on at the last minute his own pro-logging, pro-drilling riders to this year's appropriations bill.





Pete Domenici and Lincoln Chafee Richard Pombo
Bill Young and Ted Stevens James Inhofe
John McCain Susan Collins
Billy Tauzin Don Young
Sherwood Boehlert
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Illustrations: Ismael Roldan

OnEarth. Spring 2003
Copyright 2003 by the Natural Resources Defense Council