Sen. Tom Coburn Cites Worst Wastes Of Taxpayer Money - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

NEWS: Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn Cites Worst Wastes Of Taxpayer Money In Wastebook 2012

Posted: Updated:
Sen. Tom Coburn's "Wastebook 2012" highlights $18 billion in wasteful projects funded by the federal government. Sen. Tom Coburn's "Wastebook 2012" highlights $18 billion in wasteful projects funded by the federal government.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) has released his report highlighting what he says are the worst examples of wasted of taxpayer dollars.

"Wastebook 2012" cites more than $18 billion spent on what the senator calls "unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects" throughout the federal government.

"The problem in Washington is politicians are very specific about what we should fund but not specific about what we should cut," said Sen. Coburn. "As a result, we are chasing robotic squirrels and countless other low-priority projects over a fiscal cliff."

Examples in "Wastebook 2012" include:

• Tax loopholes for the National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) – professional sports leagues that generate billions of dollars annually in profits ($91 million in taxes)

• Moroccan pottery classes (part of a $27 million grant from U.S. Agency for International Development)

• Efforts to promote caviar consumption and production ($300,000)

• Robotic squirrel named "RoboSquirrel" (part of a $325,000 grant from the National Science Foundation)

• Promotion of specialty shampoo and other beauty products for cats and dogs ($505,000)

Read the entire "Wastebook 2012."

12/10/2010 Related Story: Sen. Tom Coburn Releases List Of Wasteful Spending In Oversight Report

Live Radar

ESP Interactive

Featured

  • PoliticalMore>>

  • House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

    House GOP: Send National Guard, speed removals

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:53:52 GMT
    Senate Democrats and House Republicans are moving separately to slash President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the southern border, but they're unlikely to end up with a deal...More >>
    House Republicans want to send National Guard personnel to the nation's southern border to speed removal of unaccompanied young migrants.More >>
  • Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

    Arrest linked to gun used after Boston bombings

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:30 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:30:42 GMT
    A man believed to have provided the gun used by Boston Marathon bombing suspects to kill a university police officer has been arrested on drug and weapon charges.More >>
    It has been one of the lingering questions since the dramatic manhunt that gripped the Boston area in the days after the marathon bombings: Where did the suspects get the gun that authorities say they used to kill a...More >>
  • Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Kerry cites progress in Gaza cease-fire talks

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:24 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:24:37 GMT
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has flown into Israel's main airport despite a Federal Aviation Administration ban as he continues to push a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.More >>
    Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.