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July 5, 2007

Albany --  Maybe you've heard the controversy over earmarks, money for local projects that Congress includes in major funding bills. Congressman Sanford Bishop says they're not all bad. Many help people in need.  

Thursday, Bishop praised a program that benefits.  He toured Senior Solutions in Albany--  a respite program for disabled adults who are 65 and older.      

It provides personal care, recreational activities, and social interaction for adults who can not stay home by themselves during the day.  

"This is the type of project that members of congress like to utilize for earmarks to help organizations like this, provide resources like these for our communities," Bishop said.

"These families need to have relief periodically just so that they can catch their breath and do things that they need to do with their lives so the respite program allows them to do that, to have a break from providing the day to day care," said Beth English, Easter Seals Director.

Congressman Bishop also toured Megan's House, a respite care facility for children up to 17 who have developmental disabilities.

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