$9M in quarantine fruit flies? Anti-government waste group makes billion-pork-barrel-spending

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An anti-government waste group identified millions of taxpayer dollars has been squandered, and to manage “the absurd nature-related earmarks,” including US $9 million to “quarantine fruit flies” and $ 13.8 million “wild horses.”

These revelations are published in the internal of the Congress 2019 pig book on Wednesday by the citizens Against government waste. This report identifies what it describes, as most egregious examples of pork-barrel spending in Congress, which is drawn from the financial year 2019 appropriations bills. This year, the group said it identified $15.3 billion in earmarks, an increase of 4.1 percent from the $14.7 billion last year.


“Slide pork into the swamp dry up, and it will not restore integrity to Washington,” Tom Schatz, President of citizens Against government waste, said in a statement.

Treasure wrote in an op-ed for the Fox Business Network that “perhaps the most obvious to provide” this year, $is added 16.7 million for a research organization called the East-West Center, Hawaii sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii.

“His provide, represents the center, the entire budget, keep it alive, even if his counterpart, the North-South Center, stopped by the receipt of Federal funds in the year 2001,” the group’s President said. “East-West Center should be able to stand on their own feet, without support from the taxpayer.”

The report shows the other tax earmarks, including $to help 65 million, to recover, to the purchase of Pacific Coastal salmon, $ 12 million to control water plants, $7.9 million euros, fish to eliminate screens and $863,000 brown tree snakes in Guam.

The fruit fly program, apparently, was resumed after a 10-year break. Further, according to the report, the $9 million Euro, this year for the program, a 1,819 percent increase over the approximately half-million dollars set aside for “fruit fly research, eradication, or quarantine” ten years ago.provides

“It is also the third should be biggest ever for this purpose,” the report said.

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Honey said, these examples show that the “earmarks still corrupt Congress wasting taxpayer money and undermine trust in the government.” The group advocates the adoption of a permanent, statutory ban on earmarks.

But the group of the recent rise in pork-barrel spending in the year 2018, the passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act, which wiped out 2011 expenditure restrictions attributes.

The group crack the seven earmarks in the amount of $1.8 billion for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, including eight air force aircraft, six Navy aircraft, and two for the Marine Corps.

“In development for almost 18 years and eight years behind schedule, the overall acquisition cost is now more than US $428 billion, almost double the original estimate of $233 billion euros,” the report said. “A year in 2019, the DOD Selected acquisition report that the F-35, the lifetime operating and maintenance costs of a total of about 1.2 trillion USD, the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history.”

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