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Egregious Earmark of the Week$139,000 for Maple Research in Vermont

Rep. Flake: Taxpayers are not a bunch of saps

Included in the Agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) for fiscal 2006 is $139,000 for maple research in Vermont.

“Funding pork projects like this, congressional appropriators must think taxpayers are a bunch of saps,” 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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