Billions of Dollars Allocated for Wasteful Programs
A total of $325,000 to fund research on robotic squirrels. Another $99,000 for taxpayer-funded vodka, whiskey and gin. Nearly $1 million for NASA to develop a “Mars Menu.”
With President Obama’s $85 billion sequester set to take effect, those are just a few of the programs Obama and John Barrow are so committed to protecting that they are willing to gut important services instead.
Just this week, President Obama spoke about the need to prioritize and make smart decisions – and now Obama and Barrow have shown American families that their priority is protecting wasteful Washington spending.
“Most Americans will never get to order off the ‘Mars Menu’ that their taxpayer dollars are funding, but instead of cutting wasteful programs like that one, President Obama and John Barrow are allowing cuts to important programs and services,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “Rather than trying to scare Americans, Obama and Barrow should agree to responsible cuts to wasteful Washington spending.”
President Obama, In Newport News, Virginia, Tuesday Said We Needed To Prioritize Our Spending Choice And Make Smart Decisions. “You step back and you say, what is it that’s important — our child’s education, making sure they’re healthy, making sure we can get to the job, keeping our house repaired? And then you say, here are the things that aren’t so important and you cut those out. You prioritize, and you make smart decisions. Well, we should be doing the same thing.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks, Newport News, VA, 2/26/13)
Federal Officials Have Freed Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants In Several States Due To Obama’s Sequester. “Several hundred illegal immigrants have been released from detention centers in Georgia and other states, federal officials confirmed Tuesday. They said the releases were made to cut costs in advance of automatic spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Friday.” (Jeremy Redmon, “Feds Free Illegal Immigrants In Georgia, Other States,” The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, 2/26/13)
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Will Furlough 5,000 Border Patrol Agents. “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Monday that her agency would be forced to furlough 5,000 border control agents under mandatory spending cuts, likely allowing more illegal immigrants into the country and potentially compromising national security.” (David Nakamura, “Napolitano Warns That Sequester Would Affect Border Security,” The Washington Post, 2/25/13)
TSA Agents Would Also Be Furloughed. “There could also be longer security lines at airports because of anticipated furloughs of Transportation Security Administration workers. In addition, deplaning from international flights could be slower because Customs and Border Protection agents are expected to work fewer hours.” (Matthew Wald, “Federal Spending Cuts Threaten Delays In Air Travel,” The New York Times, 2/21/13)
Obama’s Sequester Will Cut Medicare By 2 Percent. “With the imposition of at least some of them appearing more and more likely, here’s a look, by the numbers, at Washington’s self-imposed budget austerity (aka ‘sequestration’ or the ‘sequester’) … 2% – Cuts to Medicare if sequestration takes effect.” (Amy Roberts, “By The Numbers: Automatic Spending Cuts,” CNN, 2/19/13)
Up To $902 Million Will Be Cut From Loan Guarantees To Small Business In The Sequester. “With the imposition of at least some of them appearing more and more likely, here’s a look, by the numbers, at Washington’s self-imposed budget austerity (aka ‘sequestration’ or the ‘sequester’) … Up to $902 million – Reductions in loan guarantees to small businesses if sequestration takes effect.” (Amy Roberts, “By The Numbers: Automatic Spending Cuts,” CNN, 2/19/13)
The Federal Government Awarded $99,000 To A New York Distillery. (2012 Waste Book, Office Of Senator Tom Coburn, Accessed On 2/27/13)
It Cost The Federal Government $1.6 Million To Develop A Video Game Based On A Fictional NASA Mission. (2012 Waste Book, Office Of Senator Tom Coburn, Accessed On 2/27/13)
The Federal Government Spent $947,000 On Researching Food To Serve On Mars. (2012 Waste Book, Office Of Senator Tom Coburn, Accessed On 2/27/13)
$697,177 Was Used To Develop A Musical On Climate Change And Biodiversity. (2012 Waste Book, Office Of Senator Tom Coburn, Accessed On 2/27/13)
The Federal Government Spent $325,000 To Develop A Robotic Squirrel. (2012 Waste Book, Office Of Senator Tom Coburn, Accessed On 2/27/13)