Buried in the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill (H.R. 3058) for fiscal year 2006, is a pork project Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) thinks people should know about. So he’s shined the spotlight on $158,000 alloted to Alfred, New York for the construction of the Sugar Hill Industrial Park by naming it this week’s egregious earmark.
"When is Congress going to quit playing the role of ‘sugar daddy’ in order to get elected?" said Flake.
The House approved the bill on a 392-31 vote November 18, and that same day the Senate passed it by unanimous consent. President Bush signed the $137.6 billion appropriations bill into law November 30.