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Egregious Earmark of the Week: $100,000 for Land in Town of Ripley, N.Y.


This week’s egregious earmark of the week, as highlighted by Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) is a pork project contained in the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill (H.R. 3058) for fiscal year 2006, goes to the town of Ripley, New York in the amount of $100,000 for land acquisition.

Of the earmark, Flake said: "Believe it or not, Congress funds thousands and thousands of earmarks like this."

The bill passed through the House, 392-31, on November 18, and then through the Senate the same day by unanimous consent. On November 30, President Bush signed the bill into law.