Federal Government Spends $25 million on Climate Change Project in the Philippines

Earlier this month, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), unveiled his latest edition of “The Waste Report.” The report is an ongoing project that highlights egregious examples of federal government waste.

This report, titled “Rising Tide of Waste in the Philippines,” sheds light on a plan for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide $24.7 million worth of awards to various projects in the Philippines that pledge to help prepare the country for climate change.

With national debt climbing to over $19 trillion and federal government spending at an all-time high, there is no excuse for the government to use taxpayer dollars to combat climate change… in the Philippines.

But it gets worse. According to Sen. Paul, the USAID’s plan does not establish any guidelines for the proposed projects to follow: “So what will these projects look like? Turns out we do not know…submit any idea to prepare the Philippines for climate change, and if it is accepted, that idea will be the standard we hold that idea to.”

Elected officials should use taxpayer dollars wisely and seek to reduce government spending and debt. Unfortunately, it seems our representatives are content to tax, borrow, and spend our country into a financial crisis.

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