At a time when our nation is currently over $20 trillion in debt, we must carefully scrutinize our government programs to ensure that we are funding essential programs and projects while eliminating frivolous and wasteful spending. Every day in the news, Arkansans and Americans hear of government waste, fraud, abuse, and regulations that are hindering our small businesses and costing American taxpayers billions of dollars that could be better spent creating jobs and boosting our economy.
That is why when I was elected to Congress I re-established the Golden Fleece Award, which was originally introduced by Democratic U.S. Senator from Wisconsin William Proxmire in March of 1975. The Golden Fleece Award is a monthly bulletin on the most frivolous and wasteful uses of hardworking taxpayers’ dollars. The Golden Fleece Award has highlighted some of the most egregious examples of government waste and shed new light on some of the rampant, unnecessary spending by the federal government. The frivolous and unnecessary spending by the federal government must be eliminated to help ensure the protection of hardworking taxpayers’ dollars. I will continue to bring attention to this issue through the Golden Fleece Award and will push for action on the House floor to address this important issue.