Watchdog group says federal spending is wasting $14 billion in earmarks

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WASHINGTON (Nexstar) — A government watchdog group says at least $14 billion is going to waste despite efforts to curtail congressional earmarks.

On Wednesday, Citizens Against Government Waste released it’s annual “Pig Book.” The document identified 232 earmarks it says proves the federal government is wasting money.

CAGW highlighted several government projects that had gone over budget. 

Among its examples: $2.7 billion for 20 F-35 fighter jets. CAGW says the project is seven years behind schedule and extremely over budget.

The annual report also has a unique flavor. CAGW’s mascot is a 6-year-old pig named “Faye.”

“Pork should be on our tables, but not part of our federal budget,” said Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa.

CAGW says other examples of wasted taxpay money includes $2.7 million to fund Washington, DC area entertainment venues to $13 million set aside to preserve opera houses.

The group says it hopes by pointing out waste, taxpayers will demand more transparency and require Congress be more responsible with the government’s piggy bank.

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