Seriously, this man could find an earmark for anything. Today, Congressional Quarterly ($) reports:
Republican Ted Stevens is looking out for Alaska’s salmon industry — and for babies everywhere.
For the third year in a row, Alaska’s senior senator has set aside money in the fiscal 2007 Agriculture spending bill (HR 5384) for development of baby food made from salmon. The $450,000 earmark in the Appropriations Committee’s report gives direction regarding part of a $1 million line item for “alternative salmon product research.”
…“Given its overwhelming nutritional value for children, Sen. Stevens believes finding ways to incorporate omega-3 into baby food and formula is a project worthy of attention and the [Agriculture Department] agrees,” said Lindsay Hayes, the senator’s spokeswoman.
And I am sure the Alaskan Fisheries think it’s a good idea as well. After all, it’s much easier to turn a profit with a good hefty injection of taxpayer dollars.
Sadly this is not a surprise. This powerful Senator does things like this on a regular basis.