Citizens Against Government Waste Names House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders 2021 Porkers of the Year | Citizens Against Government Waste

Citizens Against Government Waste Names House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders 2021 Porkers of the Year

Press Release

January 6, 2022
For Immediate Release
January 6, 2022
Contact: Alexandra Abrams (202-467-5310)

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) announced the results of its online poll for the 2021 Porker of the Year.  There were six worthy candidates who were guilty of plugging pricey policies, promoting earmarks, pushing wasteful spending bills for infrastructure and social programs, and demanding that the IRS spy on Americans’ bank accounts.

After the votes were tallied, the dishonor fell to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who were jointly named CAGW’s September 2021 Porkers of the Month for endangering America’s financial stability with their massive spending plan.  Second place went to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, for demanding that the IRS be allowed to investigate every detail of how Americans spend their money.

Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Sanders led the charge to pass a $3.5 trillion spending bill based on President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan that would devastate the economy and dramatically increase the size, scope, and power of the federal government.  Sen. Sanders claimed he had already been through a lot of “negotiations and pain” while debating the package, and said he had “already made a major, major compromise” with his original $6 trillion plan.  Speaker Pelosi said she was “pretty excited” and “very exhilarated” over the taxes and spending contained in the $3.5 trillion budget, and found the time to add $200 million for the Presidio Park, which says on its website that it operates “at no cost to taxpayers.” 

CAGW President Tom Schatz said, “We would like to thank the taxpayers who voted for all of the ‘worthy’ candidates.  The results are not surprising, as Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Sanders have a long history of advocating for higher taxes and more government control.  Their budget plan was a giant insult to taxpayers, especially when $3.5 trillion wasn’t enough for Sen. Sanders and Speaker Pelosi was ecstatic about spending that much money.  For pushing the U.S. toward bankruptcy and socialism, Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Sanders fully deserve the distinction of ‘winning’ the vote for 2021 Porkers of the Year.”

CAGW is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  Porker of the Year is a dubious honor given to a lawmaker, government official, or politician who has shown the most blatant disregard for taxpayers throughout the year. ####

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