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Press Release

Key Vote "Yes" Sen. Coburn's Coconut Road Amendment

On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to VOTE YES on Sen. Coburn’s Coconut Road amendment to the bill making technical corrections to the 2005 transportation bill - H.R. 1195.  The amendment would form a joint committee to investigate the secret $10 million earmark for Florida’s Coconut Road.

The controversial Coconut Road earmark was inserted into the 2005 transportation bill after it had passed both houses of Congress but before it was signed into law. There were layers of intrigue surrounding the earmark, including questions about Rep. Don Young (R-AK), who sponsored the earmark, and his donor. It has not been discovered how, why, or by whom the language was added to the highway bill.

This action was a clear contravention of both House and Senate rules, putting the entire legislative process in jeopardy.

This amendment would create a committee that is both bicameral and bipartisan to investigate the matter and provide some urgently needed answers to a dangerous precedent.

We will count your vote on Sen. Coburn’s amendment to H.R. 1195 as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard for 2008. The FreedomWorks Economic Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.



Matt Kibbe
President and CEO