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Egregious Earmark of the Week: $750,000 for High-Speed Internet in Vt.


Another pork project has been spotted in the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill (H.R. 3058) for fiscal year 2006.

The bill allots $750,000 to the Vermont Broadband Council of Waterbury, Vermont for high speed broadband deployment. Rep. Jeff Flake (R.-Ariz.) has decided to label the project this week’s egregious earmark.

"Congress doesn’t have any trouble spending money at high speed," said Flake.

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.