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More from the report:

Food stamps for the deceased: The USDA Inspector General found roughly 2,000 dead people are still receiving food stamps in New York and Massachusetts combined. Additionally, its investigation revealed 7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits, while 286 are on state lists that should exclude them from receiving food stamps. These unnecessary payments amount to $1.4 million every month.

The "black liquor" loophole: Pulp and paper companies could reap a $268 million tax windfall by asserting an industrial waste byproduct of the wood-pulping process - referred to as “black liquor” - is actually an alternative fuel.

Bridge to Nowhere 2: More than ten percent of the bridges in Dayton, Ohio, are deficient as 13 cars drive over one of Dayton’s 184 deficient bridges every second. Yet, mere miles away from the city, the federal government is spending $520,000 to restore an unused bridge that is not even connected to a road or trail. Fixing Stevenson Road Covered Bridge in Greene County, Ohio, will cost $650,000.

Federal money for local roads: More than ten percent of the bridges in Dayton, Ohio, are deficient as 13 cars drive over one of Dayton’s 184 deficient bridges every second. Yet, mere miles away from the city, the federal government is spending $520,000 to restore an unused bridge that is not even connected to a road or trail... Fixing Stevenson Road Covered Bridge in Greene County, Ohio, will cost $650,000.

Millions for vineyards: In 2012, vineyards and wineries received at least $1.5 million in federal taxpayer funds to assist with their grape-growing endeavors.

Coburn turns his sharpest guns on his colleagues in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. The report chastises Congress for the high cost of merely being open despite running one of the least productive sessions in history. "The Senate cast fewer votes in 2012 thus far than any year in decades... many high school student councils have been more deliberative than the U.S. Senate. The outrageous and wasteful contents of this report were made possible by either the action or lack of action of Congress, earning it the well-deserved but unwanted distinction as the biggest waste of taxpayer money in 2012."


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