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Egregious Earmark of the Week$100,000 for Sugarcane Harvesting in La.

Congressman: ‘This tastes like pork to me’

Included in the Agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) for fiscal 2006 is $100,000 for sugarcane breeding and harvesting in Houma, La. — this week’s most egregious earmark.

“They can sugarcoat it all they want, but this still tastes like pork to me,” said Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.).

The conference report for the Agriculture appropriations bill passed the House, 318-63, on October 28. It won overwhelming approval in the Senate, 81-18, on November 3. President Bush signed the $100 billion bill into law on November 10.

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Mr. Flake represents the 6th District of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives. He serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, the Committee on International Relations and the Committee on Resources.

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