NASA Administrator Charles Bolden earns $179,900 a year or $3,460 a week. In his annual Wastebook released last week, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) highlighted some very questionable spending at Bolden’s department. These include:
- $18,000 to study what happens when 20 individuals spend 70 consecutive days in bed.
- $3 million for a seminar hosted with Georgetown University on how Congress works.
- $390,000 to develop a comic superhero to teach children about the climate change.
- $125,955 to build a 3D pizza printer.
Meanwhile also in Congress last week … Taxpayers spent $81.7 million to keep Congress running … Here is what each chamber accomplished:
The House was not in session.
The Senate passed the two-year budget resolution the House passed the week before. The chamber also passed the fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill, which will allow the Pentagon to spend $527 billion this fiscal year. The chamber also confirmed several executive branch and judicial nominees, including Jeh Johnson to be Homeland Security secretary, John Koskinen to be IRS commissioner, Anne Patterson to be Assistant Secretary of State, Alejandro Mayorkas to the deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Brian Davis to be a district court judge.