The annual release of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW)’s “Pig Book Summary” pegged pork-barrel spending at $6.8 billion, a 33-percent hike from last year.
Some are saying this year’s Congress is the most unproductive in centuries. They still have time for special earmarks, though, according to a new report.
So-called “pork-barrel spending” in Congress will approach nearly $7 billion this year, according to a report released Wednesday by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).
The $6.8 billion in pork spending – also known as earmarks – is a 33.3-percent hike from the $5.1 billion CAGW estimated in pork-barrel spending last year.
“Pork-barrel spending is alive and well in Washington, D.C., despite claims to the contrary,” CAGW’s report reads. “For the fifth time since Congress enacted an earmark moratorium that began in fiscal year (FY) 2011, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has unearthed earmarks in the appropriations bills.”
CAGW even added a set of earmarks into its so-called “Pork Hall of Shame”: $55.5 million since fiscal year (FY) 2006 for “Save America’s Treasures.” According to CAGW, Save America’s Treasures:
has supported the restoration and operation of theatres, museums, and opera houses. … Since FY 2006, there have been 265 SAT earmarks costing taxpayers $55.5 million.
CAGW singled out Sens. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) for their “tireless work” on a true moratorium to pork-barrel spending. The say its part of Washington’s effort to “drain the swamp” in the age of Donald Trump.
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