BIPARTISAN BILL WOULD CAPITALIZE ON ANNUAL GAO REPORT TO SAVE TENS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, New Hampshire Republican Frank Guinta and Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema joined to introduce H.R. 3534, the Auditing United States Departments to Insulate Taxpayers (AUDIT) Act of 2015. Their bipartisan bill aims to eliminate duplicative federal programs and wasteful spending the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identifies in annual reports to Congress.
“Every year, Congress receives a comprehensive report about overlapping and redundant programs, which have likely ceased to serve their intended functions. And every year, copies land with a thud, as doorstops. Hardly anything happens,” said Rep. Guinta (NH-1). “I’m proud to partner with Congresswoman Sinema to finally address the waste these GAO reports reveal. Granite Staters deserve a more efficient government that delivers on its promises.”
The AUDIT Act would require Congress to introduce legislation based on GAO findings and proposals. It would compel federal agencies to defend their programs’ merits in hearings before Congress, all within an expedited time frame.
“It’s ridiculous that Congress continues to waste hard-earned taxpayer dollars on duplicative and unnecessary government programs,” said Rep. Sinema (AZ-9). “This bipartisan legislation is a commonsense way to cut Washington’s wasteful spending. I look forward to working with Rep. Guinta and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make government more effective and efficient.”
The GAO estimates that addressing more of its proposals could save American taxpayers tens of billions of dollars in areas from defense to health care. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will consider H.R. 3534.