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Congress hits a 'sour note' once again


Egregious Earmark of the Week: $500,000 for Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Congress hits a ‘sour note’ once again

This week, Rep. Jeff Flake’s egregious earmark award goes to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in the amount of $500,000 for the expansion of the Atlanta Symphony Center.

The Republican congressman from Arizona spotted the pork project tucked into the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill for fiscal year 2006.

"Congress really hit a sour note with this pork project," he said.

The House passed the bill with a vote of 392-31 and the Senate sent it through without one vote of opposition. It was signed into law by President Bush on November 30, 2005.

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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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