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Egregious Earmark of the Week: $1 Million for Supercomputing in Colorado

Congress ‘ultra-dense’ to think voters won’t notice

Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) has spotted a pork project tucked into the Energy and Water appropriations bill (H.R. 2419) for fiscal year 2006.

And he has decided to highlight the project as this week’s egregious earmark: $1,000,000 for Ultra Dense Memory Storage for Supercomputing in Colorado.

Of the earmark, Flake said: “Congress must be ultra-dense if they think voters won’t retain memory of their fiscal irresponsibility.”

The bill passed the House on a near party-line vote, 209-189, on November 9, 2005. It then breezed through the Senate, 84-4, five days later and was signed into law by President Bush on November 19, 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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