Congress yesterday approved a $1,000,000.00 earmark, which isn’t anything new. What is new, though, is that no one seemed to know if the recipient even exists. In fact, the Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman admitted he had no clue about the existence of the organization, but Jack Murtha wanted it, so he was going to get it.
Rep. Jeff Flake introduced an amendment to kill the earmark until such time as it could be determined that the receiving entity actually existed. The amendment failed 326-98.
It’s a shame Jack Kingston voted to keep the earmark. Being an Appropriator is no excuse.