D.C. DELEGATE ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON RECEIVES MARCH ‘PORKER OF THE MONTH’ AWARD | Citizens Against Government Waste

D.C. DELEGATE ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON RECEIVES MARCH ‘PORKER OF THE MONTH’ AWARD

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For Immediate ReleaseContact: Jim Campi
March 2, 2000(202) 467-5300

 


Washington, D.C. -- Citizen's Against Government Waste is proud to name Washington, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) as the March Porker of the Month.  Norton received the honor for passing a bill delegating $15 million of federal funds for a nutrition program to educate Americans on ways to reduce obesity.


"Government is already big and fat without this bill," pointed out CAGW President Thomas Schatz.  "Whether or not Americans are big and fat is an issue for the average person to deal with--it's not up to Big Brother to regulate."


Norton's bill, the Lifelong Improvement in Food and Exercise (LIFE) Act aims to "train health professionals to recognize that patients are overweight" and to "educate the public with respect to the condition of being overweight." The bill gives funding for a program to be run by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), but all the while the USDA already has $386.4 million in their budget for nutritional education.


"Is it really up to our government to show us what and how to eat?" asked Schatz.  "Wouldn't it make more sense for Americans to make their own healthy choices--if they choose to?"


Norton says the $15 million is "far more modest than required" to accomplish the goals of the educational program.  But the bill is likely to get the same amount of funding yearly until 2004. 


"For adding more pork to an overbloated government, CAGW is honored to present Delegate Norton with the March 'Porker of the Month' award," said Schatz.


CAGW's "Porker of the Month" award is a dubious honor, given to lawmakers and government officials who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.  Recipients of the award are listed on an online "Hall of Shame," located at CAGW's website, www.cagw.org.  Past recipients of the award include First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) and Senate Appropriations Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska).

For more information, see CAGW's web site at www.cagw.org.  CAGW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.


 


 


 


 

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