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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma


Transporting Turtles, Money for Iranian Military, Promoting and Punishing Alcohol – Waste Watch 5

September 15, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released Waste Watch No. 5. Waste Watch is Congressman Russell’s ongoing investigation and periodic publication that highlights agencies, programs, and cost overruns that are a drain on the American taxpayer. To date, Waste Watch has highlighted roughly $90 billion in wasteful government spending. Congressman Russell has been able to affect change including being the lead Republican co-sponsor of The MEGABYTE Act, a bill which allows various departments to share their left over software purchases within government. This will save $4 billion a year. MEGABYTE was signed into law by the President July 29, 2016. Congressman Russell has also been successful in repurposing more than a $1 billion in government spending through multiple proposals from previous Waste Watch editions. So far in 2016, Congressman Russell has introduced several bills to cut government spending totaling more than $21 billion in proposed savings.


Waste Watch No.5 includes ten items targeting $10 billion more in government wasteful spending including: $22 million to relocate turtles, sending $1.7 billion to Iran’s military, and spending more than $2 million to both promote and discourage alcohol consumption.


Congressman Russell spoke about the latest Waste Watch edition saying, “Every victory over waste we make, whether large or small, is worth the fight. The only way we get to trillions is to knock down billions. We got into this mess over the decades, and it may take us decades to get out, but we get nothing if we do nothing.”


Read each edition of Waste Watch here:


Waste Watch No. 5: September 2016

Waste Watch No. 4: February 2016

Waste Watch No. 3: October 2015

Waste Watch No. 2: July 2015

Waste Watch No. 1: April 2015