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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma


Rep. Russell releases farm bill edition of 'Waste Watch' series

January 10, 2018
In The News

Congressman Steve Russell has released his latest edition of his series highlighting wasteful government spending.

"Waste Watch 8" focuses on government spending and programs in agriculture. The Farm Bill edition of the series highlights 10 examples of waste.


The series includes how researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago were given $3.5 from the USDA and the National Institutes of Health to develop a hip-hop album aimed at encouraging pre-schoolers to lose weight. The report shows that the album has had limited success.

Waste Watch also highlights how lack of oversight has allowed fraudulent food stamps to cost the government $12 million.

“Another year has passed and another year of waste cutting opportunities stands before us. From fraud to mismanagement to poorly conceived but well-funded programs, our nation must address these issues. We have ended up in significant national debt by one careless decision at a time and we can get out of it by one good decision at a time. Our latest edition is a good place to start as we approach the Farm Bill reauthorization.” Russell said in a statement.

The Congressman has brought 11 cost cutting bills to Congress.