2005 – Sen. William Proxmire Died

Proxmire (1915-2005) was widely regarded for his devotion to curbing government waste and mismanagement and issuing a monthly Golden Fleece Award for that month’s most “wasteful, ridiculous or ironic use of the taxpayers’ money.” From 1967 to 1986, he gave daily speeches on the Senate floor in support of the international genocide treaty (finally ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1988); he also chaired the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and Joint Economic Committees. of Sen. Proxmire at Wisconsin Historical Images and learn more about his career . [Source: ]