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Wolf today it appears this and it will pass that 410 billion dollar omnibus spending bill meant to keep government in business for the next fiscal year.
It still has almost 9000 earmarks -- it.
And one of those is courtesy of one Utah senator.
More than a million dollars to combat.
I'm Mormon crickets.
Apparently these critters are devastating some crops and three western states.
But it's now really the time to build the American taxpayer for that.
The sponsor of the Mormon cricket earmark Republican senator from Utah Robert Bennett joins us now good morning senator.
Good morning we'll certainly be credit for coming on the defendant because none of your other senators would come onto -- least defend their earmarks I'll start by saying kudos to you.
For at least coming -- in behind hear what you've done.
And now I have to ask you with tax is being raised on Americans.
Facing at record deficits in this country is now really the time to settle the American people with a million dollar bill for research and to combat.
The Mormon cricket.
First let me make its hit several things clear that you perhaps don't understand number one if the money we're not earmarked for this purpose would still be spent.
That is the Department of Agriculture would spend it someplace else.
And it is not saving a dime if you eliminate these earmarks it's the top number.
That stays the same the earmarks simply allocate how that have numbers and so do not deceive your listeners.
And your viewers by assuming.
And eliminating a million dollars for this program is gonna save a million dollars it is not it's simply going to take that million dollars.
That we in the congress set -- to go for this problem.
And give it to something that some bureaucrat downtowns since.
I don't be blamed for why can't -- okay your New York feel good about paying a million dollars for Pickett researched in Utah.
All right it is not cricket research.
The research has some songs since -- can die you're gonna come back to cricket.
We are going to eradicate the crickets and they confessed to.
The highest point three and a half million acres most of which are public plans.
And when it comes around the recreation and the people in New York call compensate.
You don't almost lands we do we -- Iraq create there you that you thought should be able to control of their public clients.
When people are.
Using the public lands for crops as -- and they have allowed under the law and the crops are being destroyed.
It's at 345 million dollar industry right -- being destroyed on public lands the public land managers are saying if we're going to deal with this flight accidentally and -- -- -- and we need.
Feel so good about it if you feel so transparent about it why didn't you just put it to bill could be debated watch evident as an earmark you.
On April our -- committee like others on the Appropriations Committee are in a position of power.
And the criticism is this is paid to play.
No no not at all because.
I have always had the position and it applies here.
That I will never put an earmark into an appropriations bill without checking with both the chairman Hawaiian wedding in -- -- -- -- -- -- sitting here because -- went -- Okay would you calm down just a minute I'm trying to get my points inserts that we don't trip we'll have a -- day -- for the second.
Time the point is the authorizing committees get jammed up they don't get their authorizing work done.
The chairman and ranking member of the uprising committees come to us is appropriators and say we didn't get this done and our committee.
We're in favor of it when you put it in the appropriations bill that happens all the time and in this case as in every case I never put in -- mark.
That I have the appropriation the authorizing committee.
Authorize or both chairman and ranking member in support of that.
That has been the case with the the money dealing with the -- -- -- station it's been going on whenever there is a serious infestation.
For a long time is completely transparent.
On the authorizes know about it it is not and not dark.
The night in May be transparent and I think there's no debate on it as there would be if this were not having you are there's no debate because that's how long will that -- as senate -- -- -- sat -- and -- this feeling to be younger I think emailing you.
That this is this.
Yes earmark season the well at.
May be because the have Mormon crickets only -- Idaho Utah and Nevada.
Maybe we got to shoot some of them over the over the border into Arizona that they go wherever they go.
The authorizing committee that examines these things is fully aware of what's the authorizing committee.
I understand why and Nolan -- me that doing he made that point let me ask -- that's our look back.
And over the years you've been a big proponent of fighting the Mormon cricket in 2002 he got four million dollars -- 350004000.
To have three another twenty million you've got to -- the cricket yeah million in 2004 almost a million in 2005.
-- losing the battle.
People can look somebody else for the funds to fight the cricket and I'm telling I'm get email Mike -- -- saying we don't want to help.
Well if you don't want to help you have to realize that -- could read every year.
Did it the size of the cricket infestation changes depending on conditions weather conditions in the spring.
Some years they're not very many some years there are a lot.
And if you have a dry spring you have a different kind of cricket infestation and you do when you have a wet spring.
This is not a battle like Napoleon by its Waterloo where when you lose you're losing your army is destroyed this is a natural thing that comes back every single year.
-- just this year and here there's no end of the funding for the cricket senator Bennett says that's just fine before hitting coming up there again you went very -- He's he's the only ones accept that invitation was so don't go over time everything came on to defend all right you know.
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