U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has released his annual oversight report, "Wastebook 2013," highlighting what he calls the "most egregious" government spending.
The report lists 100 examples of what Coburn says is wasteful and low-priority spending, totaling nearly $30 billion.
"While politicians in Washington spent much of 2013 complaining about sequestration's impact on domestic programs and our national defense, we still managed to provide benefits to the Fort Hood shooter, study romance novels, help the State Department buy Facebook fans and even help NASA study Congress," Coburn said.
Examples of wasteful spending highlighted in "Wastebook 2013" include "Mass Destruction of Weapons – (Department of Defense) $7 billion," "Hurricane Sandy "Emergency" Funds Spent on TV Ads ($65 million)" and "NASA Searches for Signs of Intelligent Life … in Congress – (NASA) $3 million."