Wednesday, May 13, 2015


Today, at a Capitol Hill press conference, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) divulged publicly that we have discovered 105 earmarks costing taxpayers $4.2 billion in the fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations bills funding the federal government. This marks the third time that members of Congress have violated the earmark moratorium adopted in FY 2011 in order to waste vital taxpayer dollars on parochial and non-essential pet projects.
While the number of earmarks in FY 2015 decreased slightly from 109 in FY 2014, unfortunately for taxpayers, their cost climbed by 56 percent.  Among the troublesome expenditures highlighted in the 2015 Pig Book is $2,604,000 for the Denali Commission, an agency so deserving of extinction that its own inspector general said Congress should put its money elsewhere.

CAGW was joined at the press conference by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). Also in attendance were CAGW’s mascot, "PigFoot," along with our live porcine pal, Faye.

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