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Watchdog groups says wasteful spending in the federal government is still out of control

The Federal Government spends more than $15 billion on travel each year, an amount equal to half of the entire budget for the Justice Department.

Is this government waste or the cost of doing business? According to Congressional leaders, it's the former, and it's no longer sustainable. 

But where does all this wasteful spending come from? According to Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee,it comes from agencies like the Veteran Affairs Department, which is currently being investigated for spending $5 million on two conferences in Orlando last summer.

According to Issa, the VA allegedly spent $52,000 to produce a video for a training conference and another $84,000 on pens, highlighters, and hand sanitizers. This revelation comes on the heels of the discovery that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, one of the most powerful courts in the nation, spent $1,000,000 on a conference in Maui earlier this month.

As President of Citizens Against Government Waste, Tom Schatz has been tracking all this profligate spending. He comes OutFront tonight.


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