Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) CLICKHERE has named Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) Porker of the Month for slipping a provision (Sec. 2833) into the House version of the fiscal year 2010 Defense Authorization Act that would double the construction costs of relocating 11,600 U.S. troops from Japan to Guam.
The original cost estimate was $15 billion, $10 billion of which is associated with construction of living quarters for military personnel and their families. However, Sec. 2833 requires that the wages paid to construction workers match the “prevailing” wages in Hawaii, which are 250 percent higher than those on Guam. The Congressional Budget Office estimates this would increase the construction costs “by about $10 billion.”
OpenSecrets.org lists the Hunt Building Company, which would be one of the prime builders of the new facilities, as among Abercrombie’s top five campaign contributors in the last election cycle. In addition, Rep. Abercrombie has supported the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has been a target for elimination by the Pentagon and both Presidents Bush and Obama. For abusing an already-stretched Pentagon budget to reward favored contractors and continue funding a wasteful and unnecessary alternate engine, CAGW names Rep. Neil Abercrombie August Porker of the Month. Read more about the Porker of the Month.