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Republican Senator releases Waste Book 2012; Congress tops list of waste (Video)

• Andrew Moran,

Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn released his annual Waste Book, a report that highlights government waste at the federal and state level. This year, congress is this year's biggest waste of taxpayers' money.

Last year, the federal government wasted taxpayers’ money on $10 million for a remake of “Sesame Street” in Pakistan, $113,227 for a video game preservation center and $48,700 toward a Hawaiian chocolate festival. This year, it’s the NFL, NASA and “robosquirrels.”

The annual Waste Book was released Monday by the Oklahoma Senator, who plans to retire in four years from public office. Waste Book 2012 makes note of the worst examples of government waste and excessive spending of the year. This year’s total waste, according to Coburn’s report, is approximately $18 billion.


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