Taxpayer Watchdog Supports REDUCE Government Waste Act

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW)
President Tom Schatz sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging them to
support the Removing Excessive Dollars to Uproot and Cut Expensive
(REDUCE) Government Waste Act.

The letter reads, in part:

“The REDUCE Government Waste Act would terminate some of the most
ludicrous examples of wasteful spending in Washington and could
potentially save tens of millions of dollars. Sens. Flake and Cortez
Masto have picked three indefensible programs for elimination:

  • “Prohibiting The Repayment of Loans with Peanuts: This section would
    end a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program which
    accepts peanuts instead of money as payment for federal loans. Senator
    Flake has said this program cost American taxpayers $13.6 million in
    2016 and $31.5 million in 2017.
  • “Prohibit Agricultural Subsidies for Bug-Based Foods: This section
    would prohibit USDA and the Food and Drug Administration from using
    funds to research the development and taste-testing of insect-based
    foods for human consumption as well as insect farming. The USDA’s
    National Institute of Food and Agriculture spent more than $1.3
    million in grants to research insect taste-testing and farming.
  • “Permanently Eliminating Grants for Robot Bartenders: This section
    would permanently prohibit the Department of Defense from using funds
    to research the development of beerbots and robot bartenders. The
    Department of Defense and National Science Foundation gave grants, one
    worth around $175,000, to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    (MIT) which were used to build robots that served beer.

“I strongly urge you to support the REDUCE Government Waste Act, and to
work with your colleagues to pass this important bipartisan legislation.”

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
is the lobbying arm of
Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan,
nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and
mismanagement in government.


Curtis Kalin (202) 467-5318


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