[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/08/03/senators.stimulus.spending/t1larg.jpg caption="A visitor center at Mount St. Helens, seen in 2004, is now closed, but got new windows under a stimulus project."]
Monkeys on cocaine. New windows for a closed visitor center. Modern dance as a tool for software development.
A report to be released Tuesday by conservative Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and John McCain cited these and 97 other projects as leading examples of misguided or wasteful spending under the Obama administration's $862 billion economic stimulus bill.
Titled "Summertime Blues," the report is the third by the two senators targeting projects that they say fail to meet the job-creation goal of spending under the Recovery Act of 2009.
"We owe it to all Americans that are paying taxes and struggling to find jobs, to rebuild our economy without doing additional harm, and to do it in a way that expands opportunities for future generations," said the introduction to the report by Coburn, R-Oklahoma, and McCain, R-Arizona. "Too many stimulus projects are failing to meet that goal."
While some projects in the report "may have merit," they are "being mismanaged or were poorly planned," the report said.
The Recovery Act, which was passed a few weeks after President Barack Obama took office, was a government-funded effort to kick-start economic activity in response to the ongoing recession.
It called for "shovel-ready" jobs - from road and bridge repair and construction to scientific research and expanded broadband and wireless service - through federal contracts, grants and loans, as well as helping state and local governments avoid layoffs and funding tax cuts.
The senators' report challenged the viability or effectiveness of specific projects across the country. However, the report's use of selected information from hundreds of footnoted sources left it unclear whether the brief summaries of each project told the whole story.
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