New Senate waste-watchers fill up ‘Federal Fumbles’

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The dating habits of America’s seniors might be of interest to online matchmakers and certain pharmaceutical companies, but Sen. James Lankford wants to know why the federal government felt it needed to get involved — to the tune of nearly $375,000 — to conduct its own study.

That is one of 100 items on Mr. Lankford’s “Federal Fumbles,” a report being released Monday that compiles some of the questionable, bogus and ridiculous projects on which the federal government has chosen to spend taxpayers’ money.

It’s a follow-up to the legacy of the man Mr. Lankford replaced, former Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican who during his 10 years in the Senate earned a reputation as Congress’ top waste-watcher, and punctuated his crusade with his annual Wastebook compendium of bum spending.

As he left office last year, Mr. Coburn challenged his colleagues to pick up the torch, and a handful of them have done just that.

In addition to Mr. Lankford, Sens. Jeff Flake, John McCain, Rand Paul and Daniel Coats, as well as Rep. Steve Russell, are each poking through lists of spending, trying to call attention to projects they say are of questionable value when it means taking more money from taxpayers to keep them going.

Read more: Stephen Dinan@washingtontimes.com

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