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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma


$300,000 for a Conference at a Luxury Resort, $400 Million for Obsolete Streetcars, and Billions for Abuse-Prone Opioids – it’s Waste Watch No. 3

October 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, continued his tradition of examining questionable spending practices with the third edition of Waste Watch.  Like the previous two publications, the October edition focuses on ten examples of government spending that may have been well-intentioned, but ended up wasting taxpayer funds. 


Some notable instances of federal mismanagement from Waste Watch No. 3 include the nearly half a billion dollars spent on obsolete transit systems, $15 million to build military warehouses that were hardly ever used, and $140,000 spent to provide nature walks—in a video game.  The ten examples highlighted in Waste Watch No. 3 total over $823 million in waste.


Speaking about the new publication, Congressman Russell said, “Having been in Congress for nearly a year, and watching how things work from the inside, I can say that almost all of us in the House of Representatives want to cut spending in one area or another.  Those areas may differ depending on who is asking for the cut, but almost all can agree that there is waste in the federal budget.  Rooting out this wasteful spending goes beyond the dollar amounts involved.  It goes to an ideal of building a culture of accountability in federal spending.  I look forward to a time when Congress gets back to passing yearly budgets that address wasteful projects and practices.”


A full copy of the third edition of Waste Watch is available here on Congressman Russell’s website.