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Monday, October 29, 2007

Vitter's Creationism Earmarkmark Goes Down the Toilet

Senator Coleman replied to my email asking him to help with killing the earmark:

Dear Ms. Young :

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding the 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill (H.R. 3043/S. 1710) and the earmark request submitted by Senator Vitter for the Louisiana Family Forum. This earmark will not be included in the final version of the bill.

As you may know, the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations bill provides over $600 billion in funding for over 300 programs in three different federal agencies. The House passed its version of this bill on July 19, 2007 and the Senate passed it on October 23, 2007 by a vote of 75 to 19. This bill is currently in Conference.

During the debate on this bill, Senator Vitter spoke on the floor of the United States Senate and asked that his Louisiana Family Forum earmark be withdrawn and directed to another Louisiana project. He said the following in relation to the removal of his earmark request.

"The project, which would develop a plan to promote better science-based education in Ouachita Parish by the Louisiana Family Forum, has raised concerns among some that its intention was to mandate and push creationism within the public schools. That is clearly not and never was the intent of the project, nor would it have been its effect. However, to avoid more hysterics, I would like to move the $100,000 recommended for this project by the subcommittee when the bill goes to conference committee to another Louisiana priority project funded in this bill."

- Senator David Vitter
Congressional Record: October 17th, 2007

I respect the decision that Senator Vitter made in relation to this earmark request and appreciate you taking the time to contact me. Please do not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you and your family.

Norm Coleman
United States Senate

I've not heard from Senator Amy Klobuchar on this.