Citizens Against Government Waste Release Annual "Pig Book"

Chelsea Wade
July 18, 2018 - 12:26 pm
US Capitol Building

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Forget the little black book. It's the little pink book that has some lawmakers squirming today. 

Citizens Against Government Waste released it's annual "Pig Book" Wednesday morning. It's a expose of pork-barrel spending in Washington. 

"The annual Pig Book has been described as the most unpopular book in Washington," said Sen. Ted Cruz. "With some politicians, I guess that might make it tied with the US Constitution and third grade arithmetic. All of which they hope to be able to disregard."

This year's book exposes 232 earmarks, despite the fact that there's a moratorium on them and there has been for seven years now.

"Even though we have a temporary ban in Congress, the appropriators are free to earmark as they see fit, but they try to hid it and call it an appropriations, not an earmark," said Congressman Bill Flores. "It's time we stop the unelected, unaccountable, out-of-control bureaucrats from making decisions that should be done by Congress."

The book said this year's earmarks are costing taxpayers $14.7 billion and adds that Congress could set a new record for pork-barrel spending before the end of President Trump’s first term.

“The 2018 Congressional Pig Book reveals that Washington’s earmark addiction is getting much worse. Even worse, some of the same members of Congress who claim to “Drain the Swamp” are the ones who are attempting to return this corrupt system to prominence. Pushing pork does not drain the swamp. The only way to clean up Washington is to do the opposite: adopt a permanent ban on pork-barrel earmarks,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz.

Online: Citizens Against Government Waste