Family Research Council

$50 Million Prune Junket Isn't the Only Thing Keeping Spending Regular


By Tony Perkins
December 31, 2013

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Why go to the mall when you can do your Christmas shopping on the House and Senate floors? Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Congressional leaders have spent the whole year playing Santa to special interests. And thanks to Senator Tom Coburn's "Wastebook," taxpayers are finding out how generous they were forced to be. Under the Obama administration, expenses have ballooned more than the Army's $297 million mega-blimp. In Michigan, members are saps for the maple syrup association, while the extra money for specialty coffee producers leaves a latte to be desired. As far as Senator Coburn is concerned, the message of this year's Wastebook is as crystal clear as the State Department's $5 million wine glasses. "Had Congress been focused on... cutting [this] kind of wasteful spending... we could have avoided both a government shutdown and a flawed budget deal." I know NASA spent $3 million searching for signs of intelligence in Congress, but if this trend continues, I think we can save them the trouble.

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