Five Years Later: 1,268 Proven Cases Of “Stimulus” Fraud

Five Years After Stimulus: 1,268 Cases Of Fraud – Gateway Pundit

In November 2010, Vice President Joe Biden said fraud and abuse of the stimulus bill had been kept “to a surprisingly low level.” This came a year after Barack Obama bestowed VP Joe Biden with the title of the stimulus “Sheriff.”


Fast forward five years – Investigators have proven 1,268 cases of fraud in the $840 billion stimulus program.

Nice job, Sheriff.

USA Today reported:

Despite thousands of fraud cases, the financial losses under the 2009 Recovery Act have been just a fraction of what the government expected.

Five years after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, investigators have proven 1,268 cases of fraud in the $840 billion stimulus program, resulting in $57 million in recovered funds.

Still, the amount of fraud discovered so far is far less than what investigators said they expected when Congress passed the stimulus package.

“We have not seen the level of fraud that I think many people feared,” said Kathleen Tighe, the chairwoman of the board. The board, created by the Recovery Act, is charged with monitoring all the money spent in the stimulus and disaster relief funds from Superstorm Sandy. She credited unprecedented transparency, aggressive prosecutions and an emphasis on fraud prevention.

Vice President Joe Biden will visit the St. Louis region this week on the fifth anniversary of the failed Obama Stimulus program. Don’t expect him to talk about all of the fraud in the failed Keynesian experiment.

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New Year’s Debt Binge: Federal Government Borrows $1,088 Per Household In 1 Day

Uncle Sam’s New Year’s Binge: Borrows $1,088 Per Household In 1 Day – CNS

Uncle Sam – AKA the federal government – went on a New Year’s Eve binge, adding a net of $125,202,709,546.99 to its total debt in just the one day of Dec. 31, 2013, according to the U.S. Treasury.


That equals approximately $1,088.60 for each of the 115,013,000 households the Census Bureau currently estimates there are in the United States.

Overall, in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended on Dec. 31, the total debt of the federal government jumped $613,787,258,252.83

That equals $5,336 for each household in the country.

At the close of business on Dec. 30, 2013, the total debt of the federal government was 17,226,768,075,403.16. By the close of business on the next day – New Year’s Eve – the debt had risen to 17,351,970,784,950.15 – a one-day jump of $125,202,709,546.99.

At the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013 – the last day of fiscal 2013 – the federal debt had been $16,738,183,526,697.32. By the close of business on Dec. 31, 2013—the last day of the first quarter of fiscal 2014 – the federal debt had climbed to $17,351,970,784,950.15.

That represented an increase of $613,787,258,252.83 during the quarter – or $5,336 for each of these 115,013,000 households in the country.

In the five-month period from May 17 and October 16, 2013, the Treasury reported that the portion of the federal debt subject to a legal limit set by Congress closed every business day at $16,699,396,000,000, or approximately $25 million below the then-legal limit of $16,699,421,095,673.60.

During this period, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew informed Congress that the Treasury was using “extraordinary measures” to prevent the debt from exceeding the statutory limit.

On October 16, Congress enacted legislation that suspended the debt limit through Feb. 7.

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As If Obamacare Wasn’t Bad Enough… Federal Debt Jumped $409 Billion In October

Federal Debt Jumped $409 Billion In October; $3,567 Per Household – CNS

The debt of the federal government, which is normally subject to a legal limit, jumped by $409 billion in the month of October, according to the U.S. Treasury.


That equals approximately $3,567 for each household in the United States, and is the second-largest one month jump in the debt in the history of the country.

In the continuing resolution deal sealed by President Barack Obama and the Republican congressional leadership last month, the legal limit on the federal debt was suspended until February 7 of next year.

The single greatest one-month increase in the federal government’s debt came in October 2008, when Congress enacted the Troubled Asset Relief Program to bail out the financial industry.

In that month, the debt subject to the legal limit climbed by about $545 billion.

At the close of business on Sept. 30, 2013, the last day of fiscal 2013, the federal debt subject to limit stood at $16,699,396,000,000. At the close of business on Oct. 31, 2013, the first month of fiscal 2014, the debt subject to limit stood at approximately $17,108,378,000,000.

Thus, during October, the debt increased $408,982,000,000 – or about $3,567 for each of the 114,663,000 households the Census Bureau estimates there are in the United States.

From May 17, when the Treasury was approaching the previous debt limit, until Oct. 17, when Congress enacted the CR suspending the debt limit until February, the Treasury reported that the debt closed each business day at $16,699,396,000,000 – or about $25 million below the then-legal-limit of 16,699,421,095,673.60.

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Confirmed: Obama Is The Worst Economic President Ever

Confirmed: Barack Obama Is… Worst. Economic. President. Ever. – Gateway Pundit

We already knew:

** Barack Obama is the worst jobs president since the Great Depression.
** Poverty is at its highest rate since 1960′s.
** America is experiencing its worst economic recovery ever.
** There are more Americans on food stamps than entire population of Spain.
** A record number of Americans are seeking jobs.
** Obama’s trillion dollar stimulus failed.
** Under Obama’s leadership we had four straight years of trillion dollar deficits.
** 8.8 million Americans are on disability.


Now we can confirm that Barack Obama is the Worst Economic President in US history.

In fact, if President Obama could go back in time and find a way to double his GDP performance, he’d still hold the record for the worst economic president in the past 60 years.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reported:

You don’t have to be a financial whiz to know that the economy isn’t good. Times are tough, and they’ve been tough for some time. The middle class has shrunk; wealth has diminished; poverty is up; and unemployment, especially for minorities, is nothing short of miserable.

But how bad is it, really?

Up until very recently, this was hard to quantify and thus became in large part a political argument. Today, however, enough time has passed that economists now have data points to scientifically put President Barack Obama’s economic policy in its proper place.

On the old legacy-o-meter, things aren’t looking good for Obama and his supporters, who so desperately wanted him to succeed…

…In an article for Investor’s Business Daily, Anderson writes: “Prior to Obama, the second term of President Bush featured the weakest gains in the gross domestic product in some time, with average annual (inflation-adjusted) GDP growth of just 1.9 percent … but average annual real GDP growth during Obama’s entire first term was less than half as much at a pitiful 0.8 percent.”

That performance will establish Obama firmly as the worst president ever on the economy.

Obama’s GDP growth is less than half as much as the worst president in the past 60 years.

Let that process slowly. That means that if President Obama could go back in time and find a way to double his GDP performance, he’d still hold the record for the worst economic president in the past 60 years.

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CBO: Obama Budget Adds $5.2 Trillion To Deficit, $1 Trillion In New Taxes

CBO: Obama Budget Adds $5.2 Trillion To Deficit, $1 Trillion In New Taxes – Big Government

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says President Barack Obama’s 2014 budget would add $5.2 trillion in deficits over the next ten years and contains nearly $1 trillion in new taxes.


The Obama budget, which was delivered two months after the legally-required deadline, is larded with accounting gimmicks that count as savings war and disaster contingency funds that were never going to be spent. Obama’s budget also assumes sequester-related cuts will all be restored.

But Obama claims his budget is devoid of budgeting tricks.

“The numbers work,” says Obama. “There’s not a lot of smoke and mirrors in here.”

Congressional Republicans are not buying it.

“This new [CBO] report shows that the President’s budget doesn’t come close to solving the problem,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). “The federal government will take in a record haul over the next ten years. And the President wants yet another massive tax hike. But under his plan, we’ll keep adding to the debt – at an alarming rate.”

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) defending the Obama budget and said the plan offers taxpayers a “big and balanced approach.”

“This is an important validation of the President’s and Democrats’ efforts to restore fiscal discipline through a big and balanced approach while maintaining our ability to invest in a competitive economy and a growing middle class,” said Hoyer.

Obama’s past budgets have resulted in politically embarrassing defeats. In 2011 and 2012, the Senate Democrats and Republicans unanimously rejected Obama’s proposed budgets.

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Military Signs Contract For Green Jet Fuel That’s Nearly 16 Times The Price Of Conventional Fuel

Military Signs Contract For Green Jet Fuel That’s Nearly 16 Times The Price Of Conventional Fuel – The Blaze

With many claiming to feel the pangs of the sequestration, it appears a green company’s contract for a more expensive jet fuel was allowed to go through.

The renewable chemical and biofuel company Gevo in its first quarter investor relations report stated that it signed a contract with the Defense Logistics Agency to supply 3,650 gallons of renewable jet fuel.


The order, worth $215,350 total ($59/gallon), is set to be delivered by 2013′s second quarter and has the option to be increased to 12,500 gallons, which would cost up to $737,500.

Gevo calls this an “initial testing phase.”

Under other contracts, the company already supplies renewable jet fuel for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

As the Washington Examiner pointed out, DLA set conventional JP-8 jet fuel as costing $3.78 per gallon at FY 2013 rates.

In other renewable jet fuel news, the Wisconsin-based company Virent Inc. delivered 100 gallons of bio-fuel this week to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.


The Dayton Daily News reported that the jet fuel produced from 100-percent renewable plant sugars will be tested against applicable standards as the Air Force continues to strive toward its goal of flying on domestic, alternative fuels by 2030.

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U.S. Taxpayers Spend $355,825 To Reduce Stigmatization Of India’s Transgenders

U.S. Taxpayers Spend $355,825 To Reduce Stigmatization Of India’s Transgenders – CNS

The federal government is spending $355,825 in taxpayer dollars to develop a “culturally relevant stigma-reducing intervention” program for the transgender population in India.


Bindiya Rana, right, a transgender candidate in Pakistan’s elections, talks with locals in Karachi, Pakistan

The National Institutes of Health issued a two-phase grant to the Ohio-based Baldwin-Wallace College to conduct the study. The first phase cost $173,221. The second phase cost $182,604.

The reason given for the study is “HIV prevalence is disproportionately high among Male-to-female transgenders (Hijra) in India.”

“Stigma among health care providers limits HIV testing, treatment and care and creates a barrier to HIV protective behavior,” the project summary says. “Stigmatization of transgender by healthcare providers has been documented, and is identified as a significant barrier to effective HIV prevention responses among this marginalized, at-risk population in India. However, evidence based interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination among health care providers are seriously lacking.”

The title of the study is “Project Shakti: Stigma Reduction, Health Care Provider Awareness and Knowledge.” asked an NIH spokesperson several questions, including, “Since this study focuses on India, what is the benefit to the U.S.? Why is it worthwhile to U.S. taxpayers?”

In a written response, the NIH told only, “NIH research addresses the full spectrum of human health across all populations of Americans. Behavioral research will continue to be an important area of research supported by NIH.”

The NIH referred back to the project summary for any other comment.

The funding for the project ends in August.

“The proposed project will address this need by developing a theory-based, culturally relevant stigma-reducing intervention targeting health care providers in Mumbai, India,” the NIH project summary says. “The proposed multidisciplinary US-India collaborative research team with significant HIV/AIDS research experience will implement a two-year formative study to develop and pilot health-care provider-focused stigma reducing intervention.”

The project summary continues, “The study has three specific aims: 1) Document cause and manifestation of stigma among health care providers in Mumbai; 2) Use the information to design a provider-focused intervention module, and obtain community feedback; 3) Pilot the revised intervention module among 50 healthcare providers, and assess its feasibility, acceptability and preliminary effect on health service behavior among healthcare providers. These data will prepare the team to conduct a large scale randomized controlled trial in India.”

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Obama-Funded Electric Car Company Fisker Automotive Lays Off 75% Of Its Workforce, Bankruptcy Looms

Obama-Funded Electric Car Company Fisker Automotive Lays Off 75% Of Its Workforce, Bankruptcy Looms – Weasel Zippers


Then again it’s only taxpayer money.

Via Washington Examiner:

Fisker Automotive laid off three quarters of its staff today to avoid bankruptcy while it seeks an angel with big bucks to help it become operational again.

The maker of the luxury hybrid Karma says it has “at least” $30 million in cash, and $15 million more due after settling a claim this week with its bankrupt battery maker A123 Systems, according to Reuters.

But the company owes $192 million on a $193 million Department of Energy “green” loan. It was supposed to receive $529 million, but the DOE declined to pay the full amount in May 2011 after Fisker fell behind on its targets. Executives who kept their jobs are trying to renegotiate a $10 million loan payment due on April 22.

The auto maker’s public relations team was part of the layoffs, but an outside PR firm said in a statement Fisker is still seeking a “buyer or strategic partnership” but couldn’t afford to keep on the majority of its workforce, according to Fox News.

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Thousands Of Empty Government Buildings Costing U.S. Taxpayers Up To $8 Billion

Thousands Of Empty Govt. Buildings Costing Taxpayers Up To $8 Billion – Big Government

The U.S. government could save taxpayers up to $8 billion by selling off the estimated 55,000 to 77,000 vacant properties it owns or leases.

At a time when the White House says it cannot find the $18,000 a week it needs to fund tours, unloading unused properties to save taxpayers billions might seem like a no-brainer.

But the federal government does not even know how many unused properties it controls because no one has kept an inventory of them. Further, attempts to sell such properties are bound in red tape.

This month, for example, the government sold a building for $19.5 million; the process took 10 years, leaving taxpayers paying for maintenance and upkeep for a decade.

“This is a problem that has been identified for years,” said Tom Shatz of Citizens Against Government Waste. “Every time someone in the White House says ‘let’s sell property,’ the red tape is simply too much for this process.”

One of the largest hurdles to expediting the sale of vacant federal buildings is a 1987 law that forces properties first to be offered to other federal agencies, then state agencies, and finally offered for use as homeless shelters before they can be sold.

“We spend about 8 billion dollars a year maintaining properties that we have no use for,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK). “Now that 8 billion dollars is just thrown down the drain because we can’t get past the homeless lobby to get a common-sense way to take care of their problems and also us to unload properties.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) included a provision in his budget that would have streamlined the sale of federal properties, but the Ryan plan was defeated in the Senate.

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Obama Transportation Secretary ”Very Proud” That His Department Spent $48B In Stimulus Cash To Create 65K Jobs (Video)

LaHood: ‘I’m Very Proud’ Of DOT Stimulus Spending At $738,000 Per Job [VIDEO] – Daily Caller

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood told The Daily Caller that he is “very proud” of the Economic Recovery Act of 2009 that put 65,000 people to work with $48 billion in federal funds for the Department of Transportation, amounting to $738,461 per job.


The Recovery Act of 2009, which in total cost taxpayers $825 billion, has been criticized because it did not prevent the unemployment rate from rising above 8 percent, contrary to what the Obama administration predicted.

“Yeah, we spent $48 billion and we put 65,000 people to work in 15,000 projects in two years with no problems,” LaHood told The Daily Caller in a video interview in Alexandria, Va., on Friday. “I’m very proud of that. I know that the governors can spend this money because over two years we gave them $48 billion, they created 65,000 jobs in 15,000 projects. This is doable. We’re going to get the money out and get people to work.”

TheDC also asked LaHood about the Obama administration’s decision to send an additional $473 million in unspent earmarks to states.

“You know what? These are old earmarks. There are earmarks that were set aside by members of Congress going back several years,” LaHood said. “We’re in the no earmark era. There are no more earmarks. This money needs to be spent because we need to get people to work.”

“We’re going to send this money back to the governors and say, ‘put people to work now, during the construction season. Build the roads, build the bridges, build these projects’ and let us know how you’re going to spend the money so we’re sending an e-mail out to governors all over the country and we’re saying to them, this is money that was earmarked for a project, spend it now, get people to work and get this project finished.”

LaHood, a former Republican congressman, told TheDC that he wants to see the federal funds put toward projects on the state level where people can go to work right away.

“I want to see projects where people can go to work now. We know that this money was allocated to roads and bridges and other projects and we’re going to send it back,” he said. “My goal, which is the president’s goal, is let’s get people to work.”

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Medicare Payments For Penis Pumps Soar 500 Percent As Alleged Fraud Surfaces

Medicare Payments For Penis Pumps Soar 500 Percent As Alleged Fraud Surfaces – WFTS

As Medicare payments for penis pumps have soared by more than 500 percent in the past decade, federal fraud investigators have challenged the legitimacy of payments for thousands of the devices.

According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, annual spending on the pumps has gone up from $7.2 million in 2000 to more than $36 million last year, still a tiny part of the $7.5 billion Medicare spends each year on durable medical equipment and outpatient supplies.

Even so, over the past four years, investigators have challenged more than $8 million in payments made for the devices, which Medicare classifies as male vacuum erection systems, according to statements from federal prosecutors in several states and the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services. Among the suspect claims:

- Two Florida entrepreneurs who collected more than $28,000 for 75 penis pumps purportedly sold to both male and female Medicare patients. None were ever actually shipped;

- An Illinois supplier who bought cheap sex-toy grade penis pumps from online dealers and reshipped them to Medicare patients who never asked for them, then billed Medicare at a markup rate nearly 11 times greater than what he first paid;

- Two Georgia firms the government says used improper Medicare provider numbers to bill the program for more than $3.6 million worth of penis pumps between 2003 and 2009.

Medicare pays for penis pumps as durable medical equipment – the same as it does for wheelchairs, home oxygen and bedpans – as long as a physician prescribes the device as “medically necessary” for treatment of erectile dysfunction. Over a decade, the average cost for the pumps has been about $338.

As many as half of American men in their 60s experience ED and the problem worsens with age.

While it was once thought that the underlying cause of ED was psychological rather than physical, Dr. Robert Dean, chief of sexual health therapy at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, told a recent gathering of families affected by ED, “We don’t think that way anymore. If a man is unable to perform, it is usually due to a physical reason,” most commonly vascular disease or diabetes.

There is an assortment of treatments available for erectile dysfunction, from pills and injections to penile implants and vacuum pumps.

But since 2007, men on Medicare can only get help paying for vacuum pumps, or if those prove ineffective, coverage for implanted penile inflation devices.

Medicare prescription drug plans and some private insurers briefly covered ED pills after the first, Viagra, was approved by the FDA in 1998. But so many seniors – and others – took up the drugs that elected officials began to view them as “lifestyle” drugs rather than a medical necessity. Fiscal conservatives were troubled about rising costs.

Congress in 2005 ended Medicaid subsidies for ED drugs starting in 2006, and for Medicare patients the following year. Most private insurers followed Medicare’s lead.

The move resurrected the vacuum-pump industry, which had been making the pumps as medical devices, as opposed to sex novelties, since scientific studies had proved them effective in the 1980s.

“When the pills first came out, they were very popular, but they are not reimbursed by most insurance or Medicare and they don’t work for everyone,’ said Ed Stewart, CEO of Post-T-Vac, one of the oldest manufacturers of the vacuum pumps, founded by his father in 1987 in Dodge City, Kan.

“The fact is that the baby boomers are moving into the high-risk part of their lives for ED and they’re looking for options to maintain their sex lives.”

Not coincidentally, Medicare claims for the pumps actually declined in 2003 and 2004 when the medications were covered, but have steadily increased every year since. By 2010, Medicare paid for nearly 98,000 of the devices.

Some of those Medicare payments have become the subject of federal audits and civil and criminal court cases.

In the most outrageous case, Gary Winner, owner of a Buffalo Grove, Ill., medical equipment company, was sentenced in February to more than three years in federal prison for shipping penis pumps he obtained from online sex shops for about $26 each to diabetic Medicare patients who never requested them, then billing the insurance plan an average of $284 each for the devices, claiming they treated erectile dysfunction.

Winner’s firm, Planned Eldercare, charged more than $370,000 for the pumps, and also bilked Medicare out of another $1.8 million for arthritis products shipped to patients enlisted through an illegal telemarketing scheme, according to documents filed by federal prosecutors.

Winner repackaged the manual pumps in clear plastic bags with an information sheet claiming they helped “bladder control, urinary flow and prostate comfort,’ according to court papers. He pleaded guilty in November to two counts of health care fraud, the introduction of an adulterated and misbranded medical device into interstate commerce, and money laundering. Winner also agreed to reimburse Medicare more than $2.2 million and pay a fine of $12,500.

At Post-T-Vac, the firm came under scrutiny by the Office of Inspector General in the federal Department of Health and Human Services last year, with auditors reviewing claims from 2008 and 2009 for proper documentation.

In a report released in mid-June, the auditors said of 100 Post-T-Vac claims, 51, totaling $18,007, did not comply with Medicare documentation requirements for durable medical equipment.

For 48 claims, the auditors said the company did not have adequate documentation from shippers to show the pumps were actually delivered to patients.

Based on those findings, the auditors projected that Post-T-Vac had submitted unsupported claims for $4,217,800 worth of vacuum pumps during the two-year period, and recommended that much in “overpayments” should be refunded to Medicare.

Post-T-Vac officials sharply disagreed about the lack of delivery proof.

CEO Stewart said the dispute centers on the company’s inability to show delivery receipts for products shipped by UPS four to five years ago – they’re routinely kept on file for only 18 months – but the firm did show delivery summaries from the shipper documenting each claim.

“We believe we proved proof of delivery using their documentation,’ Stewart said.

Medicare officials are now reviewing the audit before deciding whether to disallow any or all of the payments from 2008-09.

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Senate Spent At Least $381K Since 2011 Printing Feel-Good Declarations

Senate Spent At Least $381K Since 2011 Printing Feel-Good Declarations – Daily Caller

The U.S. Senate has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on printing costs associated with passing simple resolutions declaring observances such as “National Chess Day,” “National Safe Digging Month” and the “Year of Water.”

Those measures were sponsored by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg, and Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall respectively.

During this 112th Congress alone, the Senate has passed or agreed to 318 simple resolutions and introduced over 100 more.

Based on a detailed accounting of printing processes by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service and an accounting of expenses described by the Government Printing Office, a conservative estimate for the cost of the printing process alone is $1,200 for each simple resolution that passes. Since January 2011, then, the largely symbolic measures have cost taxpayers at least $381,600, not including the human resources and other costs related to bringing about the legislation itself.

The Senate defines simple resolutions as those ”used to express nonbinding positions of the Senate or to deal with the Senate’s internal affairs, such as the creation of a special committee. They do not require action by the House of Representatives.”

This Congress, while there have been some simple resolutions dictating the internal affairs of the Senate, the vast majority have been feel-good statements and declarations.

A sampling includes:

S.Res. 161: A resolution designating May 2011, as “National Inventors Month” (sponsored by Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy)

S.Res. 452: A resolution designating July 13, 2012, as “Collector Car Appreciation Day” and recognizing that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States (sponsored by Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester)

S.Res. 199: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of “Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week” (sponsored by Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid)

S.Res.292 : A resolution designating the week beginning October 16, 2011, as “National Character Counts Week” (sponsored by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley)

S.Res. 383: A resolution designating February 29, 2012, as “Rare Disease Day” (sponsored by Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown)

S.Res. 325: A resolution recognizing the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a global event of cultural significance to the United States (sponsored by Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman)

S.Res. 284: A resolution designating September 23, 2011, as “National Falls Prevention Awareness Day” to raise awareness and encourage the prevention of falls among older adults (sponsored by Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl)

S.Res. 235: A resolution designating 2011 as “The Year of the Family Caregiver” (sponsored by Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski)

Seventy-eight percent of the simple resolutions introduced in the current Senate had Democratic primary sponsors.

Simple resolutions do not have the force of law, but there are examples where the populace acts upon them as if they did – including “National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week” (sponsored by Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson), “Worldwide Day of Play” (sponsored by New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand) and “National Wildlife Refuge Week” (sponsored by Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons).

The Daily Caller reached out to the primary sponsors of each mentioned measure for comment and asked via email if their declarations were worth the cash they cost to pass, enact and print.

Grassely’s was the lone office to respond, pointing out that the Iowa senator is a co-sponsor of Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Stop the OverPrinting (STOP) Act of 2011″ to end the mandatory printing of bills. That measure is currently stalled in the Senate.

In early 2011, the House unanimously passed their version of the STOP Act. Republicans argued that the legislation could have saved taxpayers $35 million over a decade, Fox News reported at the time.

The Senate has not passed a budget in more than three years.

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