U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper (TN-05) and U.S. Congresswoman Sue Myrick (NC-09) have introduced a bipartisan resolution to prevent the creation of duplicative federal programs.
"Our government is bloated by too many wasteful and redundant federal programs," said Congressman Jim Cooper. "It is time to cut the fat. Congress needs to tighten its belt and take better care of taxpayer dollars."
The bill amends the House rules to ensure that every bill reported out of its Committee of jurisdiction contains the following:
1. An analysis by the Congressional Research Service to determine if the bill creates any new federal program, office, or initiative that would duplicate or overlap any existing federal program with similar goals;
2. An explanation by the Committee as to why the program is necessary if one already exists;
3. If the bill does create an overlapping program, office, or initiative, it is not in order unless the Committee has prepared and posted on its website an analysis and explanation of it.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report identifying hundreds of duplicative and overlapping programs costing approximately $217 billion a year. Cutting these programs could save billions of dollars. GAO found 47 separate job training programs, 88 economic development programs, 82 teacher quality programs, and 56 financial literacy programs.
"Duplicative federal programs equal waste, and wasting tax dollars is exactly what the American people want their government to stop doing," Rep. Myrick said. "The government can't begin to operate within its means if it doesn't stop wasting money creating programs that already exist. I thank Rep. Cooper for his support in keeping our word to the American people to get our fiscal house in order."