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Good morning folks - 

You sent me to Congress with a specific mission: cut wasteful spending and make Washington squeal.

With the national debt currently exceeding $21 trillion, my Squeal Award identifies specific areas of government abuse, pork barrel spending and inefficiencies that have proven to be unnecessary and must be cut. 

Squeal Award: Wasteful U.S. Forest Service International Forestry Program

Did you know that the U.S. Forest Service is spending more than $100,000 of your hard-earned tax dollars on nature interpretation and trails in Siberia, Russia as part of its International Forestry Program? That’s unacceptable! And, just one of the reasons I proposed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would eliminate funding for this program.

My amendment would have ended this wasteful program by eliminating the $9 million designated for it—something that’s sure to make Washington bureaucrats and the foreign recipients of this funding squeal.   

The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to manage and protect national forest and grasslands in the United States. So we should ask ourselves, why would our country’s Forest Service need to be investing these dollars abroad? It doesn’t! And, that’s why I proposed this amendment. The program falls fundamentally outside the mission and jurisdiction of the Forest Service.  

Just a few of the outrageous examples for this program include awarding: 

  • over $92,000 to migratory crane habitat conservation in Mongolia;
  • $155,000 for habitat conservation for Siberian tigers and Amur leopards in Ukraine; and,
  • $105,000 for a community nursery in Jordan. 

For this incredibly wasteful program, I hereby present the U.S. Forest Service with this month’s squeal award. 

Do you have an example of government waste or inefficiencies that I should take a look at? Send me an email by clicking here.

Thank you!