This is from bill (H.R.6147) which is for the appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019. After I read this part all I could think was seriously? Is this a thing?
Must we really enact legislation that includes in it a clause regarding the maximum amount of funds that can be used for the purchase of a single fricken pen. That maximum here is $50… per pen… $50. that’s it, that’s the cut off? Really?! First off, if they are addressing it in a bill you know that it’s been happening. What unnecessary and over paid bureaucrat in a (clearly) over funded agency was going to town on 24 karat gold or tungsten plated fountain pens? What asshole was buying John Hancock’s Declaration of Independence quill, or an extreme temperature, zero G underwater space pen? And why?! Oh yeah, because they can. In my opinion the administrator of the EPA shouldn’t have to worry about the price of pens, because like every other out of touch jackass that works for the government, they should all be using the same cheap ass Bic pens that come in a bag of 20 for like $2.
(They are of course, free to choose between blue black and red ink)