More Wasteful Spending On the Way: Will Fmr Ill. Rep. Foster Embrace the D.C. Democrats’ Big-Spending Ways?

From the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)…

Obama Administration’s Record-Setting Spending Spree Brings Outrageous Examples of Waste on Tax Day, Like an $823,000 Las Vegas Bash

WASHINGTON — It should be no surprise this Tax Day that Bill Foster’s Washington Democrat allies are finding themselves in the midst of a government spending scandal after perpetuating record-setting levels of spending and debt under their watch. New details continue to emerge about the General Services Administration’s (GSA) lavish $823,000 Las Vegas conference, despite the fact that the GSA is supposed to find ways to save taxpayer dollars instead of waste them.

“Bill Foster is already aligning himself with President Obama’s big-government policies, which have resulted in a record-shattering government spending and borrowing spree,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “The economy remains stagnant while current and future taxpayers will pay the price for the exploding deficit, meaning Foster will have to decide whether to join his fellow Democrats in making the problem even worse.”

The Obama Administration is embroiled in a spending scandal this Tax Day after reports that the GSA spent $823,000 on a lavish Las Vegas conference:

“Inspector General Brian Miller told a congressional committee scrutinizing an $823,000 Las Vegas conference that his office has asked the Justice Department to investigate ‘all sorts of improprieties’ surrounding the 2010 event, ‘including bribes, including possible kickbacks.’ He did not provide details… Taxpayers picked up the tab for a mind reader, bicycles for a team-building exercise and a slew of private parties at the conference.” (Lisa Rein and Ed O’Keefe, “GSA inspector general is investigating possible bribes, kickbacks,” The Washington Post, 4/16/12)

This flagrant misuse of the taxpayers’ dollars has been enabled by the big-spending culture perpetuated by Washington Democrats since President Obama took office:

“In 2009, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urged the White House and individual federal agencies to lift government travel bans on ‘cities known as resort towns’ like Las Vegas — the site of a controversial $823,000 General Services Administration conference in 2010.” (Meredith Shiner, “Harry Reid Pushed to Allow Government Conferences in Vegas,” Roll Call, 4/16/12)

And government spending is at all-time highs under the Obama Administration:

“The U.S. government spent more in March than it had in any prior month on record. The government spent $369.37 billion last month, about $30 billion more than it spent in March 2011. For March alone, the U.S. recorded a budget deficit of $198.16 billion, about $10 billion more than the same month last year, according to the U.S. Treasury Department’s latest budget figures released Wednesday. It was the highest March deficit ever.” (Eric Morath, “March 2012 Outlays Highest Monthly Spending Ever – US Treasury,” Dow Jones Newswires, 4/11/12)

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