Rep. Chu Votes to Save Taxpayers Billions of Dollars by Cutting Waste, Fraud, Abuse in Government Programs

Statement

By:  Judy Chu
Date: April 28, 2010
Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA32, voted to save U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in government programs. The bipartisan IMPROVE Acquisition Act will reform the defense acquisition system to save American taxpayers $135 billion over the next five years and make sure that the men and women who are risking their lives to safeguard our country get the proper equipment they need to do their jobs and protect themselves on the battlefield.

"It is our duty to protect our men and women in uniform. Today we are making sure they get the equipment they need when they need it. At the same time, we are eliminating wasteful and inefficient spending to save taxpayer dollars," said Rep. Chu. "Our brave soldiers risk their lives to protect our country, and we owe it to them to have an efficient and honest process for acquiring the equipment they need to defend themselves."

The IMPROVE Acquisition Actcleans up waste, fraud, and abuse in the defense acquisition system through four key common sense reforms. It creates a better accountability system, establishes an auditable financial management system at DOD, improves the management of the acquisition workforce, and expands and strengthens the industrial base. The bill builds on the legislation enacted by the Democratic-led Congress last year to clean up wasteful defense spending and reform weapons system acquisition.

A second measure, the bipartisan Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, targets nearly $100 billion a year in improper government payments that result from poor oversight on the part of federal agencies. This legislation improves transparency in government agencies, prevents improper payments, requires agencies to recover overpayments, and holds top managers at agencies accountable for improper payments or overpayments.

"Both of these bills will cut wasteful spending, saving taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars," said Rep. Chu. "This Congress inherited massive deficits from President Bush and Washington Republicans. Now, we are taking the necessary steps to cut irresponsible spending and to make sure we don't pass these deficits on to our children and grandchildren."