By Erik Wasson - 12/17/13 01:18 PM EST
A $300 million Army “megablimp,” space pizza and the ObamaCare website top this year’s “Wastebook” of the worst examples of wasteful spending by the government.
Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) list, out Tuesday, criticizes the government for spending $319 million on the botched HealthCare.gov site and $400 million to pay some furloughed workers who stayed home during the government shutdown.
The failed ObamaCare site, paying “nonessential” workers who make more than $100,000 per year for staying at home during the government shutdown and the megablimp are among the biggest ticket items in Coburn’s book.
Coburn argues the waste shows that it should have been easy to find ways to replace the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.
“Collectively these cost more than $30 billion in a year when Washington would have you believe everything that could be done has been done to control unnecessary spending,” Coburn wrote in the list’s introduction. “Had just these 100 been eliminated, the sequester amount would have been reduced nearly a third without any noticeable disruption.”