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Egregious Earmark of the Week: $100,000 to Fix Orange Show Stadium

Congress can’t say ‘no’ to squeezing taxpayers

Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) has spotted this week’s egregious earmark buried in the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill (H.R. 3058) for fiscal year 2006.

The noteworthy pork project comes to the grand total of $100,000 allotted to the city of San Bernardino, Calif., for making renovations to the National Orange Show Stadium.

"When is Congress going to have the juice to say ‘no’ to squeezing taxpayers?" said Flake.

The House passed the bill with a vote of 392-31 and the Senate sent it through without one vote of opposition. It was signed into law by President Bush on November 30, 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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