First Lady in the White House garden. Photo: The White House
The South Lawn of the White House. Photo: Stockxpert
WASHINGTON (DP) In an unexpected move this morning, several members of Congress announced they would be working in the new vegetable garden at the White House.
First Lady Michelle Obama and local school children broke ground for the South Lawn garden on March 20, and the project has received widespread public support. A surge of interest in kitchen gardens has swept the country this winter, with seed companies running out of popular vegetable varieties. The current White House garden plan incorporates vegetables, edible and ornamental flowers, and herbs.
Senators and Representatives have formed ad hoc, bipartisan committees to assist with specific aspects of the garden, and to explore future additions. The initial committee assignments are:
Rep. Melissa Bean (D-IL)
Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Rep. Marion Berry (D-AK)
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)
Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL)
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Rep. Phil Hare (D-IL)
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (R-NY)
Subcommittee on beneficial insects for pest control
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)
Subcommittee on use of ducks for pest control
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV)
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO)
Rep. Al Green (D-TX)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
The committee members denied they were jumping on the bandwagon of a popular program, and insisted they had been eating fresh fruits and vegetables with their constituents for many years.
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