Waste, waste, and more waste!

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Citizens against Government Waste (CAGW) is out with its new “Pig Book” report for fiscal 2015, and the results aren’t what you think. Despite the fact that earmarks were banned back in 2011, Congress still found a way to come up with $4.2 billion worth of questionable earmarks.

Ok, so maybe the results are exactly what you’d think. Reports Fox News [1]:

Among the earmarks the group identifies is a $15 million grant for the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund (PCSRF), established in 2000 to “reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.”

The report points to Senate Appropriations Committee member Patty Murray, D-Wash., as the likely champion of that item.

The report also highlights $120 million for an upgrade of the M1 Abrams tank, a project assigned a number of earmarks despite being opposed by senior Pentagon officials. The CAGW notes that suppliers for the tank are spread across the country, which it says helps explain why it garners widespread support.

Other questionable items include 420 million for alternative energy research for the Department of Defense, $4 million for a “aquatic plant control,” and $5.9 million for an East-West Center in Hawaii. Clearly, Washington isn’t in need of more cash. It just needs to learn how to spend it better – but we already knew that.

Check out the whole “Pig Book” here.