On Tuesday, Representative Jeff Flake of Arizona questioned Representative Peter Visclosky of Indiana about a $1 million earmark in his bill. The million dollars was earmarked for the “Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure.”
Flake and his staff could not find any information about the Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure. He asked Visclosky if it even existed. Visclosky was unsure whether it existed or not!
Upon further review, the earmark was inserted into the legislation by our friend Representative John Murtha. Apparently, the center is part of Concurrent Technologies Corporation in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
After the discussion, Rep. Flake made a motion to have the $1 million earmark removed from the legislation since they were unable to determine anything about this center. He was defeated 98-326 (H-AMDT.503).
Don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. The resolution is HR-2641. The transcript is H7875, search for “Center for Instrumented Critical Infrastructure”. (THOMAS)
So to be clear. The government just approved $1 million for a center they are not sure even exits! I don’t make this stuff up! Just for the record, CTC does contribute to John Murtha’s reelection campaign. And we wonder why are taxes are high.