U.S. Rep. Mel Watt is seeking $179.7 million in earmarks.
The Charlotte Democrat released his list of 66 requested appropriations for the federal budget on his Web site.
The largest request is for $30 million to expand Charlotte's Lynx light rail system. The smallest is for $127,849 to research the use of Nigella sativa in treating and preventing breast cancer.
Other notable earmarks:
* Funding a National Textile Center at N.C. State University, $16.5 million.
* Research regenerative medicine for wounded soldiers, $10 million.
* Widen Interstate 85 in Davidson and Rowan counties, $10 million.
* Research cattails as an alternative biofuel source, $2.5 million.