While 26 million Americans are either out of work or underemployed, and millions are losing their homes to foreclosure, our loving and caring government is sending millions of dollars overseas in the form of grants.
Earlier this week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a meeting in which the Republican members attacked the EPA and demanded answers for the millions of dollars in taxpayer funded grant money they have been sending overseas. Fred Upton (R-MI) chairs the House committee and opened the meeting with the following statement:
“There is nothing in the Clean Air Act directing the EPA to send tax dollars abroad, and the American people would not be pleased to know we are subsidizing foreign projects at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and the national debt just eclipsed $16 trillion.”
Ed Whitfield (R-KY) Energy and Power Subcommittee Chair added:
“The American people sent us to Washington to clean things up and this is just one example of where we can all agree — that this money should be spent here at home rather than in China or Indonesia.”
According to both congressmen, the EPA alone has given out $50 million in overseas grants in 2010 and 2011. Some of those grants include:
- $305,849 to the Ukraine to retrain former Newly Independent States weapons scientists.
- $141,450 to China to study pig manure.
- $400,000 to Indonesia for the Breathe Easy Jakarta program.
- $1,226,841 to the United Nations to help promote clean fuel.
After citing these figures and grants, Whitfield told the committee:
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