Press Room

Oct 09 2012

WASTEBOOK 2012

COMING: Tuesday October 16, 2012

Washington is set to spend at least $3.6 trillion this year while running a $1.3 trillion deficit. The waste is overflowing and it’s time to take out the trash.

This coming Tuesday, October 16, we’ll be releasing our annual Wastebook 2012 edition.

For the past three years, Dr. Coburn has highlighted some of the year’s most wasteful government spending projects. In 2011, we found over billions of hard-earned taxpayer dollars were squandered on a $700,000 grant to study cow burps, robot dragons, and more bridges to nowhere – to name a few. In 2010, the Wastebook highlighted more than $200,000 went to research studying why political candidates make vague statements, $5.2 million was awarded to the Sin City to build the “Neon Boneyard Park and Museum," a park dedicated to displaying neon signs.

What did we find for 2012? Follow Dr. Coburn on Twitter and Facebook this week where we’ll preview what we found.

Check out a complete list of Dr. Coburn's oversight reports, here.



Date Title
7/24/14 Coburn, Carper Introduce Bill to Eliminate Unnecessary and Outdated Reports
7/24/14 Dr. Coburn to Hold Final U.S. Senate Town Hall Meetings in Oklahoma
7/22/14 Fake Applications for ObamaCare Tax Subsidies Show How Vulnerable Health Care Law is to Fraud & Abuse
7/10/14 U.S. Awards $190 Million Contract to Firm Accused of Fraud
7/7/14 New IG Report Finds Inconsistencies With Health Exchange Applications
Date Title
6/30/14 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Hobby Lobby Ruling
6/24/14 Beyond the Waiting Lists, New Senate Report Reveals a Culture of Crime, Cover-Up and Coercion within the VA
6/14/14 U.S. Senator Tom Coburn Delivers Weekly Republican Address
6/13/14 Senators Press Defense Department to End “Plugging” Numbers
6/3/14 Senators Coburn, Burr, McCain, and Flake introduce the Veterans Choice Act
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5/30/14 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Resignation of Sec. Shinseki
5/30/14 Share Your Experience with Veterans Affairs Health Care
5/27/14 Hatch, McConnell and Coburn Question Accuracy of Obamacare Subsidies
5/21/14 Coburn, McCaskill Introduce Bill to Remove Idle Earmarks within Department of Transportation
5/7/14 Dr. Coburn Launches Probe of Sequestration’s Impact
5/2/14 Senate Doctors Introduce the SCOPE Act to Limit Power of Secretary of HHS
5/1/14 Senators Coburn and Udall Circulate Bipartisan Letter in Support of Earmark Ban
Date Title
4/28/14 Coburn Statement on Passage of DATA Act
4/8/14 Dr. Coburn’s Statement on New GAO Duplication Report
4/3/14 Bipartisan Group Introduces Bill to Stop the Government from Selling Reports Available Online for Free
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3/14/14 Udall, Coburn Welcome Support for Proposal to End Unemployment Benefits for Millionaires as Part of Extension of Long-Term Jobless Benefits
3/13/14 Senators Introduce Bill to Stabilize Funding for Patent and Trademark Office
3/13/14 Senate Says No to Childcare Handouts For Millionaires
3/12/14 Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Requiring Bureaucracy to Disclose Programs
3/11/14 Senate Says So Long to Taxpayer Funded Conventions for Political Elite