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Senate to Vote to Investigate Young's Coconut Road Earmark

His spokeswoman said yesterday that "Congressman Young has always supported and welcomed an open earmark process."

It's a markedly different response than reporters got in February. When a reporter tried to inquire about the change then, he responded in a raised voice, "I don't know what changes you're talking about, and I'm not going to discuss those changes." When the reporter pressed, he got, "I have no idea, I have no idea" for an answer. When he continued to press, he got: "And that's it. I'm not going to discuss it any more. If you have any other questions along those lines, you can just forget it."

Last August, we plowed into the 800-page 2005 bill to see whether there had been any other substantial changes. We found that out of approximately 6,370 earmarks, Young's had been the only to undergo such a change.