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Egregious Earmark of the Week: $179,000 for Tomato Production in Ohio

‘Congress needs to ketchup with public opinion’

Buried in the Agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) for fiscal year 2006 is an earmark definitely worthy of some attention.

Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) has highlighted the pork project as this week’s egregious earmark: $179,000 for hydroponic tomato production in Ohio.

"Congress needs to ketchup with public opinion and start getting serious about eliminating pork projects like this," said Flake.

The bill was passed by the House 318-63 on October 25, and passed by the Senate 81-18 on November 3. It was signed into law by President Bush 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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