CCAGW Urges Support for the REDUCE Government Waste Act

December 6, 2018

U.S. Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator,

On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the Removing Excessive Dollars to Uproot and Cut Expensive (REDUCE) Government Waste Act introduced by Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).

The REDUCE Government Waste Act would terminate some of the most ludicrous examples of wasteful spending in Washington and could potentially save tens of millions of dollars. Sens. Flake and Cortez Masto have picked three indefensible programs for elimination:

• Prohibiting The Repayment of Loans with Peanuts: This section would end a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program which accepts peanuts instead of money as payment for federal loans. Senator Flake has said this program cost American taxpayers $13.6 million in 2016 and $31.5 million in 2017.

• Prohibit Agricultural Subsidies for Bug-Based Foods: This section would prohibit USDA and the Food and Drug Administration from using funds to research the development and taste-testing of insect-based foods for human consumption as well as insect farming. The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture spent more than $1.3 million in grants to research insect taste-testing and farming.

• Permanently Eliminating Grants for Robot Bartenders: This section would permanently prohibit the Department of Defense from using funds to research the development of beerbots and robot bartenders. The Department of Defense and National Science Foundation gave grants, one worth around $175,000, to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which were used to build robots that served beer.

I strongly urge you to support the REDUCE Government Waste Act, and to work with your colleagues to pass this important bipartisan legislation.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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