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Egregious Earmark of the Week: $250,000 for the Bardavon Opera House


Rep. Jeff Flake’s has discoverd another wasterful pork project tucked away into the Transportation-Treasury-HUD appropriations bill (H.R. 3058) for fiscal year 2006: $250,000 for the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Of this egregious earmark, Flake (R.-Ariz.) said, "When we’re earmarking money for opera houses, it’s no wonder the federal government is baroque."

“When we’re earmarking money for opera houses, it’s no wonder the federal government is baroque,” 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.