Congressman James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement after his bipartisan bill, H.R. 3609, the Taxpayers' Right to Know Act passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
"With committee passage of this bill, Congress is one step closer to following through on a rising cry from the House of Representatives and the nation to provide openness in the federal government. The Taxpayers' Right to Know Act will strengthen government accountability and transparency, furthering the goal of a more streamlined, efficient, and cost effective federal government," said Congressman Lankford.
Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) has also introduced companion legislation, S.1957, in the Senate.
"The American people deserve to have a better understanding of how their hard-earned tax dollars are spent," continued Congressman Lankford. "One of the reasons I was elected was to prevent waste, duplication, and inefficiency. This bill provides Congress with the tools to see the waste and act on it. Currently, it is impossible to navigate federal agencies when there is no list of programs, defined metrics or clear cost. The Taxpayers' Right to Know Act simplifies the process by establishing reporting requirements to identify inefficiencies.
"I look forward to the discussion of the Taxpayers' Right to Know Act on the House floor after this successful committee hearing," concluded Congressman Lankford.