to Nicholas Johnson's Coralville Rain Forest Web Site
House Republicans Bank on Conservative Base for Elections
National Public Radio, "Morning
[http://www.npr.org -- link to "Morning Edition"]
June 23, 2006
[Note: This material is copyright by National Public Radio, and is reproduced here as a matter of "fair use" for non-commercial, educational purposes only. Any other use may require the prior approval of National Public Radio.]In the course of an NPR story that touched on a proposed line-item-veto-type bill, a Republican characterized Senator Chuck Grassley's $50 million rain forest earmark as "a wasteful pork barrel project."
Congressman Paul Ryan: If somebody sticks a wasteful pork barrel project, like a 50 million dollar rain forest museum from Iowa, . . . or something like that, in a bill or a conference report where we, as members of Congress, have one choice: vote yes or no on the entire bill . . . that's wrong. We ought to be able to vote on that 50 million dollar rain forest museum. This gives us the chance to do that. . . ."