Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his annual “Wastebook” Monday, discussing 100 spending projects that squandered $11.5 billion of public money this year. The examples include $1.8 million spent on gathering and displaying historic Las Vegas casino signs and $165,000 given to the University of California at Santa Cruz to help its library digitize its collection of materials from the Grateful Dead rock band, The Hill reports
"During these difficult times when families are struggling to make ends meet, the federal government can best assist hard-working Americans by keeping their taxes low and not burdening them with higher debt," Coburn writes in the introduction to the report.
"Congress can do so by not spending money we do not have on things we do not need, like the over $11.5 billion of examples provided in this report," Coburn added.
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