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Bush Criticizes “Pork” But One Project Belonged to Ag Secy

January 30, 1992

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Bush administration criticized Congress’ penchant for ″pork barrel″ spending Wednesday, but ironically one of the grants was sponsored by Agriculture Secretary Edward Madigan.

The thick book that described the administration’s spending priorities for 1993 also took aim at past projects the White House never wanted.

The criticisms included $47 million for 135 special research grants earmarked directly to universities to address ″local needs.″

One of the grants was $200,000 for aquaculture research, commonly known as fish farming, at Illinois State University in Bloomington.

As a member of the House, Madigan inserted the grant in the 1990 farm bill and then asked Rep. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., to include it in the agriculture budget approved last year.

″He said the project was deserving. I agreed,″ said Durbin, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Madigan quit Congress last year to take over USDA.

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