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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma

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Congressman Russell Releases Waste Watch No. 2

July 7, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is proud to release the second edition in his Waste Watch series.   The July edition continues the pattern of highlighting ten instances where the federal government, despite what were perhaps good intentions, spent taxpayer funds in an unwise fashion. 

Some notable instances from Waste Watch No. 2 are the VA hospital that will cost five times its initial price estimate (more than the tallest “ultraluxury” condominium skyscraper in Manhattan, NY); a million dollars spent by Department of Defense employees at casinos and strip clubs; and multiple instances where the government poured hundreds of millions of dollars into programs only to abandon them.  All in all, the wasted money underscored in Waste Watch No. 2 totals nearly $4.2 billion.

Speaking about the new publication, Congressman Russell said, “It never ceases to amaze me the amount of waste the federal government produces.  A lot of these instances could have been prevented with some common sense, and I hope that we can continue to change the culture.  I was very pleased that after our first edition, we were able to make some suggestions and changes in the NDAA to correct some of the instances highlighted.  There is much more work to do, and I will continue to find ways to cut the spending and waste, and hopefully we can avoid some of these problems before they happen.  That will be the true marker of change.”

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