Pelosi calls for ethics probe of Young earmark
The Senate has approved a measure requiring the Department of Justice to investigate the controversial Coconut Road earmark connected to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).
Senators voted 64-28 to add the amendment to a bill making technical corrections to the 2005 highway bill, despite opposition from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who on Thursday said the House ethics committee, and not Justice, should investigate the matter.
I think thats something the ethics committee should look at, Pelosi told reporters.
The $10 million earmark for the Coconut Road interchange in Florida was placed in the massive 2005 highway bill after the House and Senate passed the bill but before it reached the presidents desk. The original language called only for improving and widening Interstate 75 in Ft. Myers, Fla.
The measure calling for the Justice investigation was sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Asked about that proposal, Pelosi said: We have an ethics committee.
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Since: Jan 07
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#1 Apr 18, 2008
This is a confusing story.
What's going on? Is Pelosi trying to protect the earmark system by steering the investigation to the do-nothing ethics panel instead of the Justice Department?
The Respected Doofinator
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