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Congress Stealing From Troops
WASHINGTON (CNN) â€” President Obama campaigned on a vow to end wasteful spending, but even in a time of war and record deficits, pork still reigns on Capitol Hill.
Funds meant to help U.S. troops at war are instead being spent on senators’ pet projects that are geared more toward helping their home states.
Utah National Guardsmen returning from risky deployments receive a gesture of appreciation, a video scrapbook about their battalion and tour of duty. The video is produced by a business in Utah called StoryRock.
Utah’s Republican Sen. Robert Bennett wants to help his home-state company take their project nationwide, so he’s secured a $5 million earmark in the defense spending bill.
That $5 million comes from the fund that’s supposed to pay for troops’ basic needs such as food, fuel and ammunition.
But Bennett says the project saves money in the end.