For Immediate Release    Contact:  Jim Campi
July 22, 1997 (202) 467-5300


(Norristown, Pa.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Thomas A. Schatz today joined U.S. Rep. Jon D. Fox (R-Pa.) in launching his monthly Washington Wastewatch project.

“We are pleased to join forces with Congressman Fox in this important effort to spread the word about wasteful government spending,” Schatz stated.  “We strongly encourage other members of Congress to follow Rep. Fox’s lead in citing examples of waste on a regular basis.”

Since he was first elected in 1994, Rep. Fox has voted for a balanced budget resolution, the elimination of wasteful Department of Agriculture programs such as peanut and sugar subsidies, which are also being considered in the House of Representatives this week, and many other anti-waste measures.

“Rep. Fox has a history of voting for the taxpayer and against the wasteful schemes of Washington politicians,”  said Schatz.  “Even though we are coming closer to a balanced budget, the public needs to know that there is plenty of fat that still needs to be trimmed.  Rep. Fox’s new project will be of immense benefit to this effort.”

Among the CAGW resources available for Washington Wastewatch are the Congressional Pig Book Summary and Prime Cuts Summary.  The Pig Book is CAGW’s annual report of pork-barrel spending, which identifies wasteful projects and singles out the members of Congress who have requested them.   Prime Cuts, which has been called “the leading roadmap to a balanced budget,” is a list of CAGW’s long-standing recommendations for cutting the fat out of Washington.

CAGW is a 600,000-member organization dedicated to educating the public about waste, inefficiency, mismanagement and abuse in the federal government.  Founded in 1984 by the late industrialist J. Peter Grace and syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, CAGW is the legacy of the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, also known as the Grace Commission. CAGW has helped save taxpayers $486 billion through implementation of Grace Commission findings and other recommendations.  For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Jim Campi at (202) 467-5300.

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