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Introducing the Sweep Act

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. WILSON of Ohio. Madam Speaker, this week, Congressman Glenn Nye and I introduced the SWEEP Act.

This legislation would require that an independent, bipartisan commission be established to review Federal programs and to make recommendations for those that should be eliminated, consolidated, or have their funding reduced. Most importantly, this bill would require Congress to have an up-or-down vote on the commission's recommendations. There are many programs that have outlived their original purpose. The SWEEP Act will help us to weed out programs that are no longer needed, and that will help our bottom line.

This bill is part of a comprehensive 10-bill package that I'm either cosponsoring or writing to help tackle our national debt. Each of the 10 bills in my plan does one of three things that working families do as they deal with their own finances: They make commonsense spending decisions. They trim the fat. They chip away at their everyday debt.

The SWEEP Act will help trim the fat, and I am proud to help bring this bill to Congress. I urge my colleagues to cosponsor this important bill.

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