THIRTY MILLION TAXPAYER DOLLARS SPENT ON MANGO FARMERS IN PAKISTAN; Congressman Reed calls expenditure a ridiculous example of waste

Apr 25, 2012 Issues: Spending Reductions and Debt

Congressman Tom Reed is spotlighting $30 million spent to help Pakistani Mango farmers as his latest example of egregious and wasteful government spending.

“This is ridiculous,” Reed said.  “While domestic fruit farmers struggle to get by, we aid Pakistani farmers?” The $30 million is part of a $90 million program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  

“Our national debt stands at more than $15,300,000,000,000,” Reed continued.  “Yet we borrow money that our children and grandchildren will have to pay back in order to boost Pakistani  mangos.”

Reed vowed to take a very close look at USAID expenditures moving forward.  “This just demonstrates how dysfunctional our government has become when $30 million can be wasted without anyone stopping the expense.”  

The mango money is Reed’s latest example in a series drawing attention to unnecessary spending. Thus far, he has highlighted nearly $500 million in waste.  This is the second time he has cited money for Pakistan as an example of egregious spending. He previously highlighted $20 million of taxpayer money used for a Pakistani version of Sesame Street as an example of misuse.