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Following In Coburn's Footsteps, Oklahoma Congressman Releases 'Waste Watch' Report

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a Feb. 3 House Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
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U.S. Rep. Steve Russell during a Feb. 3 House Oversight and Government Reform hearing.

New U.S. Rep. Steve Russell of Oklahoma City is taking a page out of former Sen. Tom Coburn's book when it comes to highlighting government spending.

The freshman Republican on Tuesday released what he's calling "Waste Watch," which documents what Russell calls excessive public spending. The document is similar to Coburn's annual "Wastebook" that highlighted lavish spending by public agencies.

Among the spending highlighted by Russell is $450,000 on a firing range in Afghanistan that fell apart and $1.1 million billed to the federal government for parties at a lavish resort in Pennsylvania.

Russell says the goal of his report is to prevent such spending.

Russell is a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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