Thursday, July 19, 2007

Zach Wamp and the mystery $1 mil earmark?

InstaGlenn is reporting that the mystery $1 million earmark, which Zach Wamp voted FOR, can't even be explained by its sponsor John Murtha. Why would Zach Wamp, a Republican, vote for an earmark that the Democratic sponsor can't even explain or justify? Zach Wamp's Constituents (aka bosses) deserve an explanation. Here is an excerpt from the post from Glenn:

The Department of Energy is denying Rep. John Murtha's (D-Pa.) claim that it supports his $1 million earmark request for a project in his district aimed at protecting the nation's natural-gas pipelines.

Murtha attempted yesterday to quell criticism of a so-called mystery $1 million earmark to establish the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Concurrent Technology Corporation (CTC), a nonprofit technology innovation center in Johnstown, Pa., that has received millions of dollars in earmarks in recent years.

DoE spokeswoman Anne Kolton said yesterday the earmark is not a program that meets the department's "mission critical" threshold, noting it was "inconsistent" with the department's 2008 budget.