Boondoggles and Booby Traps

Tucked away in the fine print of the House budget bill are a number of concealed cuts, bargaining chips, boondoggles and other booby traps that some Congressmen did not even know they were voting for. Among them:


> Clinch River Breeder Reactor. This troubled nuclear project in Tennessee (450% cost overrun) got $230 million. One reason: Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker is from Tennessee.

> National Aquarium. Once doomed to flounder, it received $400,000 and a new perch at the National Zoo.

> National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. Reagan cut half of their $309 million, but Congress artfully and humanistically restored it.


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