Tuesday, July 31, 2007

House Earmarking Money for... France?

Congressional Quarterly says it's not how it looks:

Thanks to new disclosure rules, the sponsor of the $213,386 project is identified as Mike Thompson, D-Calif., who also earmarked money for a California-based research program aimed at controlling the same insect.

Francophobes, however, need not fear that their hard-earned U.S. dollars are supporting a Socialist enterprise. The money is going to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s European Biological Control Laboratory, located in France.

The Bush administration proposed terminating the program in its 2005 budget request. That effort hasn’t quite succeeded, but the funding requested this year is far less than the $304,000 earmark for the program in 2005.

One question: are the employees French, or Americans?

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