Friday, August 1, 2008

Bosse Goes After Pork-Barrel Kings

“50 Days, 50 Ways” Highlights Hollings, Byrd, and Stevens

(Hillsboro) Republican Grant Bosse today continued his innovative “50 Days, 50 Ways to Cut Federal Spending” initiative by targeting legacy projects from three of Congress’s most infamous pork-barrel kings. Bosse called for the elimination of the Fritz Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, the Robert C. Byrd Scholarships, and the Exchanges with Historic Whaling and Trading Partners Program championed by Ted Stevens.

“Fritz Hollings' legacy of spending taxpayer dollars for his own benefit lives on past his time in the Senate. Robert Byrd brags about his ability to spend tax dollars on a whim. And Ted Stevens has based his entire career on bringing money back to Alaska,” Bosse said. “It’s time we stand up to the Pork-Barrel Kings, and eliminate federal projects designed to fuel their egos.”

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnerships were started in 1988, and designed to be self-sufficient in six years, yet still receive $90 million a year from taxpayers. Byrd Scholarships send $40 million a year to incoming college students, but are not based on financial need and duplicate other sources of educational assistance. The Historic Whaling and Trading Partners Program subsidizes museums in Alaska, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and recently Mississippi to share information about their whaling heritage, at a cost of $8.8 million dollars a year.

“Our money isn’t their money. Congress needs to stop spending our money on these ego-driven programs,” Bosse continued. “Cutting these wasteful programs will do more than save $139 million a year. It will help change the culture of Washington.”

To date, Bosse has proposed nearly $8.2 billion in taxpayer savings by eliminating unnecessary federal programs. To learn more about Bosse’s superior grassroots campaign, go to

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