Today, Subcommittee on Elections Chairman Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., issued the following statement after House Democrats blocked legislation (H.R. 672) eliminating the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) -- a federal agency that has outlived its purpose and wastes millions each year:
"Today's failure to pass a simple bill eliminating the EAC, an agency that has long outlived its purpose and recklessly mismanages its resources, is frankly an insult to struggling taxpayers across the country.
"Instead of cutting wasteful spending here in Washington, House Democrats have voted to sustain an obsolete agency that pays its employees an average of over $100,000 a year yet serves no purpose. This is exactly what's wrong with Washington and exactly what we need to fix. Congress must do its job and eliminate wasteful spending -- starting with this glaring example. If we cannot do that, we shouldn't be here."