CAGW Names Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) July 2020 Porker of the Month | Citizens Against Government Waste

CAGW Names Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) July 2020 Porker of the Month

Porker of the Month

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) our July 2020 Porker of the Month for trying to take taxpayers for an expensive ride with a $1.5 trillion “highway” bill that includes dozens of unrelated projects and programs.

On June 11, 2020, Rep. DeFazio introduced H.R. 2, the “Moving Forward Act.”  The legislation provides massive increases in spending over fiscal years (FY) 2021-2025 for dozens of programs both related and unrelated to transportation and infrastructure, along with a significant down payment on many elements of the Green New Deal. 

H.R. 2 is by far the largest transportation bill in history and contains hundreds of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.  There is a massive amount of new spending for programs that have nothing to with infrastructure, including:

  • $143 billion for Green New Deal initiatives
  • $130 billion for “high-poverty” schools
  • $100 billion for housing programs
  • $80 billion for government-owned broadband

CAGW President Tom Schatz said, “Rep. DeFazio’s partisan bill should stand as another reminder of how much money Democrats on Capitol Hill are willing to spend, and as a warning of what will happen if they control both Congress and the White House.  The congressman himself admitted that House Republicans were ‘cut out of the drafting process for this bill.’  While there is no Bridge to Nowhere to be found yet, the size and scope of H.R. 2 will undoubtedly result in the waste of tens of billions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money.  Rep. DeFazio is playing games with the taxpayers’ money during an unpreceded crisis, and the American people will not be able to stay on board the runaway train of spending that will be coming down the track.  For his abject failure to demonstrate an iota of fiscal responsibility, Rep. DeFazio is a worthy winner of this month’s Porker.” 

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  For more than two decades, Porker of the Month is a dubious honor given to lawmakers and government officials who have shown a blatant disregard for the interests of taxpayers.

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