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Coburn: GAO Reports "Why Congress Has 9 Percent Approval" (Feb 28, 2012)

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) says a report out today indicates Congress wastes hundreds of billions of dollars every year on fragmented and duplicate programs.

The second annual report from the Government Accountability Office reviews 51 areas of government spending where the Congressional agency says duplication, overlap, and waste exist.

Coburn introduced an amendment to the February 2010 debt limit vote requiring the annual audit. The state’s junior U.S. Senator says instead of eliminating duplicative spending, Congress spent the last year finding new ways to borrow money.

"Even worse, Congress has done almost nthing to address problem areas GAO has already identified," Coburn said.  "This report shows why Congress has a 9 percent approval rating."

The report highlights 30 billion dollars in overlapping Justice Department grants, and recommends re-examining overseas deployment for military stationed in South Korea, Japan, and Guam.

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