Ryan Unveils "Budget Boondoggle Award"
Inspired by Sen. Proxmire, Reps. Target Government Waste in Spending Bills
Inspired by the efforts of the late Wisconsin Senator E. William Proxmire, who launched the "Golden Fleece Award" in the 1970s to highlight some of the most outrageous examples of wasteful spending by the federal government, First District Congressman Paul Ryan together with other House Budget Committee Republicans today unveiled the "Budget Boondoggle Award" to help identify and draw attention to waste, fraud and abuse in government spending.
Ryan and the other Budget Committee members today spotlighted examples of wasteful spending from across the spectrum of government programs - providing, as nominees for the inaugural Budget Boondoggle Award, one example from each of the twelve fiscal year 2008 appropriations bills passed by the House of Representatives. Throughout the coming year, they will continue to expose the worst examples of waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
The launch of the Budget Boondoggle Award, coincides with a looming confrontation between the Congress and the President over spending levels. Although the new fiscal year started two weeks ago, the majority in Congress has failed to send even one regular 2008 appropriations bill to the President. Moreover, the majority has called for about $21 billion more in annually appropriated spending than the President requested, (even though the $933 billion the President requested is an increase of 6.9 percent over 2007.)
By targeting ongoing government abuses, Ryan and his colleagues are standing up for the best interests of taxpayers and driving home the point that eliminating wasteful spending can help reduce the divide between the majority in Congress and the President.
"They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well, today we're following the example of a great Wisconsinite - the late Senator Proxmire - whose Golden Fleece Award brought so many cases of frivolous and wasteful government spending to light. Today there is still, I'm sorry to say, far too much waste in the federal government, and our constituents deserve better," Ryan said. "We hope the Budget Boondoggle Award will help Congress be more careful with taxpayer dollars. And those who suggest that the spending bills currently making their way through Congress leave no room for further savings, should take a close look at the list of nominees."