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CAGW Names Sen. Lisa Murkowski March Porker of the Month

April 1, 2014
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Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) honored Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as its March Porker of the Month for her support of a parochial pet project involving the construction of a 38-mile dead-end  “Road to Nowhere.” Sen. Murkowski has personally, and so far unsuccessfully, campaigned for a road to connect salmon canneries in King Cove with the neighboring Cold Bay and its airport. In a March 11, 2014 Los Angeles Times op-ed, former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt described the original push for the project.  In the 1990s, Sen. Murkowski’s father, former Alaska Senator Frank Murkowski (R),…

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CAGW Names Rep. Doris Matsui Porker of the Month

October 1, 2013
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CAGW Names Rep. Doris Matsui Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) - Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is speechless after naming Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) as its September 2013 Porker of the Month for her increasingly vocal support of a proposed expansion of the Lifeline Program, popularly referred to as “Obamaphones,” to include broadband connections. The program was created in 1985 to provide discounts on only landline telephone services for qualified, low-income individuals, and was expanded to include pre-paid wireless service plans in 2005. Lifeline is bankrolled by the Universal Service Fund (USF) fee, which is included in every monthly telephone bill as a hidden tax. Lifeline Program spending…

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CAGW Names Reps. Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson Porkers of the Month

July 30, 2013
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CAGW Names Reps. Donna Edwards and Eddie Bernice Johnson Porkers of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is over the moon about its July 2013 Porkers of the Month: Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who co-sponsored H.R. 2617, the Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act, to establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the Moon. Apparently not content to confine their legislating to this planetoid, Reps. Edwards and Johnson have gone where no member of Congress has gone before. H.R. 2617 would “preserve and protect for the benefit of present and future generations the nationally significant historic sites associated with the Historical…

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CAGW Names Sen. Dean Heller Porker of the Month

July 2, 2013
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CAGW Names Sen. Dean Heller Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) its June Porker of the Month for using immigration legislation to solidify federal tourism subsidies in his home state. Sen. Heller appears to have held out for what CAGW has dubbed the “Sin City Sweetener,” an alteration to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act that will extend matching government funds for “Brand USA” indefinitely. The bill’s revision is worth millions in taxpayer-funded tourism promotion for Nevada. Brand USA is an independent group that receives matching funds of up to $100 million from the…

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CAGW Names Sen. Mary Landrieu Porker of the Month

May 30, 2013
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CAGW Names Sen. Mary Landrieu Porker of the Month

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) its May 2013 Porker of the Month for her sour comments on sugar reform in the Senate version of the 2013 farm bill. The United States sugar program, a misguided relic of the 1930s that CAGW has opposed for many years, arbitrarily protects a select few large and prosperous sugar producers at the expense of U.S. consumers and manufacturers of sugar-containing products and their workers. In the days leading up to the final farm bill vote in the Senate, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.),…

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