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WATCHDOG GROUP RELEASES '1992 PIG BOOK'

 WATCHDOG GROUP RELEASES '1992 PIG BOOK'
 WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- To the melodious strains of


live pig and piglet squeals, a Washington-based citizens organization today released its "1992 Congressional Pig Book." The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) condemned the "top 40" most shameful examples of Congressional pork barreling in its summary. The summary contains brief descriptions of 59 projects, taken from the 13 1992 Appropriation bills. The total bill for the American taxpayer -- $372 million.
 CCAGW Acting President Thomas A. Schatz and Sen. Hank Brown (R- Colo.) introduced the "1992 Pig Book," which includes such examples as:
 -- $25 million for an Arctic region supercomputer to study how to trap energy from the aurora borealis.
 -- $10 million for an unauthorized grant to Marywood College in Scranton, Pa., to study stress on military families.
 -- $2.5 million in transportation to construct bike paths in North Miami Beach, Fla.
 -- $5 million for "Salmon Summit" activities.
 "After reviewing the 1992 Appropriations bills, it's clear that some members of Congress are a lot like these pigs here today," Schatz said. "They have an uncontrolled appetite for our tax dollars to fund their pet projects. The only real difference is that these pigs, Ollie and Tootie, don't have the benefit of million-dollar pensions at the expense of the American taxpayer."
 "The national debt is jumping by one to two billion dollars each and every day," Schatz noted. "The American taxpayers are burdened with a staggering $400 billion deficit, and every man, woman and child in this country owes $14,800 as their unfair share. In the face of this unmitigated economic burden, Congress must rein in its unbridled pork-barrel spending."
 At the news conference to introduce the "Pig Book," CCAGW made available "The 102nd Congress," a costumed pig who distributed porcine memorabilia, as well as two live pot-belly pigs who posed for photographs with Sen. Brown and Schatz.
 "The recent primaries in New Hampshire sent a very clear message to Capitol Hill," Schatz added. "Americans have had enough of the status quo. They want Congress to stop milking the taxpayers and get on with the business of cutting wasteful government spending."
 The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is the lobbying arm of the 450,000-member non-partisan, non-profit educational group Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). Established in 1984 as a follow-on to the Grace Commission, CAGW is dedicated to informing and educating the American public about the issues of government waste, fraud and mismanagement.
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 /CONTACT: Leslie K. Paige or Mark Rhodes of Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, 202-467-5300/ CO: Council for Citizens Against Government Waste ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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