Issue Position: Budget and Spending
For the past 25 years, numerous watchdog groups and commissions have described in great detail enormous amounts of waste, fraud and inefficiency in the federal government.
In the 1980s, for example, President Reagan's Grace Commission concluded as many as one out of every three taxpayer dollars is squandered through government waste and inefficiency. Unfortunately, this problem is getting worse, not better. Even the September 11 terrorist attacks could not persuade Congress to trim waste.
Since September 11, 2001, nondefense discretionary spending has increased at nearly three times the rate of inflation while total discretionary spending has increased by 40 percent.
Reckless and unsustainable spending is inexcusable at a time when our nation is at war, and when major entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare are headed toward bankruptcy. As a member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I will work tirelessly to conduct effective and rigorous oversight of the federal government.
Every federal agency and program should be subject to sunset and review requirements that will force them to justify their existence. Effective oversight also should prompt Congress to consider whether some functions of the federal government could be better performed in the private sector.