Statement by Senators McCain and Coburn on Allegations of Contract Abuses in Napa Valley Wine Train Stimulus Project


By:  Thomas Coburn John McCain III
Date: May 9, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) today released the following statement on a recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting regarding alleged cost overruns on the Napa Valley Wine Train stimulus project, which they identified as one of the most wasteful stimulus projects in a 2009 report:

"The Napa Valley Wine Train continues to be a tax dollar sinkhole. In 2009, we warned Americans about the $54 million stimulus handout going to lay new train tracks as part of an Army Corps flood control project. Now it appears that the cost of the project has ballooned to about $79 million. Sadly, we're not surprised by allegations that the Army Corps overpaid by $10 million. Taxpayers ultimately lose when contracts aren't competitively bid. This Wine Train project is truly a gravy train of government waste."

View the recent report, entitled "Testimony: Lack of Competitive Bids Drove Up Wine Train Costs," by Lance Williams of California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting

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