Clinton Gets "Porker of the Week" Award

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:24 PM EDT

( - A Colorado congressman who keeps watch on government waste and cites it with what he calls the "Porker of the Week" award, has issued his latest award to President Clinton.

During a speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), cited an upcoming study from the General Accounting Office (GAO), revealing President Clinton's trips last year to Africa, China and Chile cost taxpayers more than 72 million dollars.

Hefley contends the money was drawn almost entirely from the Department of Defense.

Hefley says the GAO found that Clinton's Africa tour required 10 separate advance trips to arrange the itinerary, 1300 military and civilian officials, more than 200 White House aides and 13 helicopters, costing taxpayers nearly 43 million dollars.

Hefley also contends Clinton's China trip cost nearly 19 million dollars and a regional summit meeting in Chile had a 10.8 million dollar price tag. Eighty-four percent of the cost was charged to the Defense Department, according to Hefley.

Hefley also said, "it appears excessive to me to spend $72 million on three trips that have been billed as "goodwill tours." It's time he [Clinton] shared some goodwill with his own country's military."