REPORT: Watchdog Exposes $15.3 Billion in Congressional Waste

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BY TEAM DML / JUNE 12, 2019 /

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Congress has stealthily packed $15.3 billion worth of earmarks into its 2019 fiscal year budgets despite its moratorium on the practice, according to a new report.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a Washington, D.C.-based taxpayer-watchdog group, released its annual ‘Pig Book’ that tracks wasteful spending within the halls of Congress. Sens. Rand Paul (R., Ken.), Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) and Reps. Ted Budd (R., N.C.), Tim Burchett (R., Tenn), Bill Flores (R., Texas), and Tom McClintock (R,.Calif.) joined CAGW’s president, Tom Schatz, Wednesday at the Phoenix Park Hotel in D.C. for an event on their findings and the state of earmark reform.

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CAGW’s investigation discovered more than 280 earmarks that are costing taxpayers a total of $15.3 billion for the current fiscal year, an increase of nearly 22 percent from its 2018 levels. The figures were gathered combing through spending tacked onto appropriations bills and is the largest amount approved by Congress since 2010.

Some of the wasteful spending included the following:

CAGW highlighted a number of such instances, including $30 million for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), D.C.’s metro rail system that is notorious for “train derailments, track fires, disabled trains, long delays, and even fatalities.” This amount accounts for nearly 60 percent of the money it has received in total earmarks since 2009. D.C.’s metro system has been called a “national embarrassment” and has also been plagued with numerous instances of corruption.

CAGW also draws attention to the likes of $13 million pushed to wild horse and burro management, $12 million that went to the aquatic plant control program, $9 million for a fruit fly quarantine program, and $863,000 for a brown tree snake eradication program, among a number of other items.

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4 Comments

  1. Douglas Schmitt June 12th, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I didn’t see their pay on that list because that sure is a waste of money

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    • Audrey June 12th, 2019 at 4:21 pm

      Yes.

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  2. Audrey June 12th, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    They rob the American people by raising taxes and then waste the money on frivolous things such as the stupid witch hunt investigation on the POTUS. All because they lost the elrction.

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  3. Yvonne Suekinos June 12th, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Robbing the taxpayers for their pet projects is despicable! Tell them NO!

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