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No earmarks for Bill Young -- except one



YoungmugHouse Republicans made a big splash recently by saying they would not allow any earmarks this year. Well, there are some exceptions. The GOP House Armed Services Committee has clarified its mandate to say military construction requests will not be considered earmarks if included a long-range funding plan.

So with that in hand, U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, a longtime defense appropriator, has forwarded a $9.6 million request to begin work on a parking garage for United States Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Young's office said he got the request directly from General David H. Petraeus.

The money is the first installment in what would be $52 million parking garage and will go toward site preparation. A temporary gravel lot will be constructed to alleviate a current shortage that forces some employees to park outside the base gates.

Young had said otherwise he will abide by the earmark ban. The House's other Young -- Don Young of Alaska -- is openly defying the election-year moratorium.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:31pm]


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