A self-cleaning toilet, hooking zebrafish on nicotine, and a statue from Bob Dylan for the embassy in Mozambique.
Those are just a few things senator rand Paul says the U.S. government wasted taxpayer dollars on.
Rand Paul released his Fall 2019 Waste Report this week. He says the National Institutes of Health is sponsoring a nearly five-year project that involves actively addicting zebrafish to nicotine.
Researchers reported to NIH that they are looking for core behaviors associated with addiction.
In the report, Paul says “everybody agrees that nicotine addiction is a problem. But you have to be smoking something other than nicotine if you think the solution is to ship American tax dollars abroad to addict zebrafish to nicotine.”
Also, in the report, Paul says the federal government spent $22 million on bringing Serbian cheese up to international standards.
Paul said, “In recent years on the domestic side, the U.S. has been experiencing a massive, historic cheese surplus, one that would eventually hit 1.4 billion pounds — which NPR noted in its report “means that there is enough cheese sitting in cold storage to wrap around the U.S. Capitol.”100
So American dairy farmers dealing with the realities of this situation might be cheesed off to learn their government worked to strengthen competition and the European cheese market — using their own tax dollars to boot!”
You can read the full report by clicking here.
(This story was originally published on Nov. 27, 2019)