Senator Details $28 Billion In Goverment Waste In Annual Book

By Emma Koch - 21Alive

Senator Details $28 Billion In Goverment Waste In Annual Book

December 18, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM EDT

NATIONAL (21Alive) – Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has detailed how he believes the federal government wasted $28 billion in 2013 on “questionable and lower-priority” programs in his annual book of government waste.

Coburn, a believer in small government according to CNN, said that government waste could still be found despite outrage over the automatic budget cuts that went into effect last year.

Below is Coburn’s examples of waste:

$7 billion on Weapons Destruction following Iraq and Afghanistan wars - "The military has decided to simply destroy more than $7 billion worth of equipment rather than sell it or ship it back home" – Coburn

$52,952 on Fort Hood shooter paycheck – Coburn said Major Nadal Hasan collected more than $278,000 in military benefits since the 2009 Fort Hood Army base massacre.

$325,525 on study that found wives should remain calm - The National Institutes of Health study found that the “happiest” marriages “were the ones in which the wives were able to calm down quickly” during conflict. "Men who want a happy marriage are probably wise to avoid telling their wives the government's advice to resolving marital conflicts is for her to calm down," Coburn's report said.

$390,000 on NASA’s Green Ninja Character - The character was created to teach children about global warming. He also criticized NASA for scaling back its manned space flight program. NASA "seems to have shifted its focus from making contact with little green men to teaching children about fictional green ninjas," Coburn wrote.

See the full CNN report here.

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