WASHINGTON — The “2009 Congressional Pig Book” accused one lawmaker serving North Texas of hamming it up at taxpayers’ expense.
But the Wichita Falls’ congressman went unscathed. He had no earmarks.
Citizens Against Government Waste singled out U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, slapping her hand for what the group believes is dipping into the pork barrel to fund unnecessary local projects.
“When did repairs to crumbling infrastructure and science and technology education become unworthy of federal support?” Hutchison spokesman Jeff Sadosky said. “Sen. Hutchison worked to secure funding for these projects because they have merit.”
Hutchison, R-Texas, got dinged for earmarks including $500,000 for the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation in Houston to create a virtual space community for students, as well as $2 million for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin.
The library already receives $2.94 million annually in operating subsidies from the National Archives and Records Administration, wrote authors of the “Pig Book.”
What’s more, the LBJ Presidential Library does not charge admission, unlike others.
Preserving presidential history and strengthening education is good for Texas and the nation, Sadosky said in a statement.
At the other end of the spectrum, Wichita Falls’ congressman, U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, did not make any appropriations requests this year.
Good for Mac Thornberry. Oink.