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Not what taxpayers mean by 'cut fat from the budget'


Egregious Earmark of the Week: $150,000 to Treat Obesity in California

Not what taxpayers mean by ‘cut fat from the budget’

In the Agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) for fiscal year 2006, Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) has spotted his egregious earmark of the week: $150,000 to address the obesity epidemic and promote a healthier lifestyle in Davis, California.

“I don’t think this is what taxpayers meant when they asked us to cut fat from the budget,” 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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