Washington, DC- Congressman Ralph Norman (SC-05) has introduced two new bills aimed to cutting federal spending as part of his #WastefulWednesday initiative. Congressman Norman has released the following statement:
"Today for my #WastefulWednesday, I introduced two bills to eliminate superfluous, ridiculous, and unnecessary programs from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The first bill would end a grant from HHS to the University of Alabama that allowed them to develop a virtual reality platform designed to teach children in China how to cross the street. You know how much taxpayer money was spent on this program? $183,750. I can tell you firsthand that I did not have to spend a single dime to teach my four children how to cross the street.
"The second bill I introduced was to end any federal funds from being spent on South Dakota State University’s “Historic Hobo Day.” The NEA granted $11,987 to the University for their homecoming celebration. During this particular celebration, students dress as homeless people to march, ride floats, and drive the “Bum-mobile” in a parade through the campus and downtown Brookings, South Dakota. Not only is this celebration derogatory and negatively-stereotypical, but it’s absolutely wasteful – plain and simple."