Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2012

Floor Speech

By:  Dennis Ross
Date: April 25, 2012
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. ROSS of Florida. Thank you, chairman, for yielding.

Madam Speaker, I rise in strong support of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2011, also known as the DATA Act.

The DATA Act finally does what America wants: opens up the books of government and lets the taxpayers see what is being spent. The bill also cuts agency travel spending by hundreds of millions of dollars per year, a great and necessary first step.

By requiring Federal agencies to report how their funds are spent and capping travel expenses, this commonsense bipartisan bill will bring much-needed accountability and transparency to Federal spending. The DATA Act should also send a clear message to bureaucrats here in Washington, D.C.

The American taxpayer is watching, and they're sick and tired of the blank-check mentality. Let's make sure that taxpayer dollars are no longer spent on lavish conferences. But with this bill we can also begin to crowdsource all Federal spending.

I thank the gentleman from California (Mr. Issa) for introducing this bill and for his leadership on transparency and accountability in government. Let's make sure that common sense becomes something common in government.

Please join me in supporting the DATA Act.

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