Today, Congressman Mike Pompeo announced his sponsorship of the latest round of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's YouCut Program. YouCut is designed to change the culture of spending in Washington, DC by inviting Americans from around the country into the democratic process to vote on which one of three spending programs they'd most like to see eliminated. After YouCut voting concludes, the winning item is moved through the legislative process until it arrives on the House Floor where Members can vote to cut the government spending, effectively ending the program.
For this current round of YouCut voting, Congressman Pompeo has put three programs on the chopping block. Voting is all online and will be open throughout the August District Work Period. Since the House is not in session, the public has the opportunity to vote for a longer period of time than usual until the House is back in session in September and the winning cut can advance through the legislative process.
You may find, and vote on, Rep. Pompeo's three YouCut options by following this link: http://majorityleader.gov/YouCut/
Congressman Mike Pompeo issued the following statement on his sponsorship of the YouCut program:
"I gave up my day job in the private sector on the personal belief that our nation was spending beyond its means and running up a dangerously out-of-control debt. I've been committed to uncovering waste and cutting a myriad of programs since I began my time in Congress. Now that I've spent a little time here, I can confirm the problem is even more alarming when you see it up close. The YouCut program is a terrific online tool to help us hear from you about which programs you would like to see cut! Please vote for your favorite "cutting candidate' on the chopping block, both this month and each and every week hereafter. We've got plenty of cutting to do, and we need your input!" said Pompeo.
After reading more about these programs, you may decide that all three need to go. Vote for one this week and we'll continue to go after others as we move ahead.
Log-on to read more about the three programs being offered this time:
Eliminate the Economic Development Administration at the Department of Commerce
Potential Savings: $2.5 billion over ten years
The Economic Development Administration claims to generate jobs and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically distressed areas of the United States through federally-funded public infrastructure projects. In reality, duplicative EDA programs waste your tax dollars, and Watchdog agencies such as the Government Accountability Office [GAO] and the Department of Commerce Inspector General have criticized the ineffectiveness of the EDA at achieving its stated mission of job creation.
Eliminate a federal subsidy for opening new grocery stores and supermarkets
Potential Savings: At least $310 million over ten years
The Obama Administration unveiled the "Healthy Food Financing Initiative" in 2010, promising to spend more than $400 million over the next seven years to subsidize the development of grocery stores and food markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables. Funds are to be targeted to areas labeled "food deserts." Already, more than $70 million of the projected funds have been spent providing loans to developers to build supermarkets in distressed neighborhoods. The problem is that the loose definition of "food desert" can lead to federal subsidies for locating a new supermarket less than one mile from a currently existing one, which is wasteful and duplicative. Moreover, a recent Washington Post story on the program noted "a growing body of research has questioned its basic assumption: that people will eat better if given better options. Multiple studies have scoured local, state and national data looking for a causal relationship between weight and access to healthy food. None has found it."
Repeal the Social Services Block Grant
Saves $17 billion over ten years
The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a flexible source of federal funds that states use for a wide variety of social services. Begun in 1981 to provide states with funds for services to help families leave welfare, the SSBG is 100 percent federally funded and used to provide almost any service to anyone that a state chooses to provide. Many services funded by SSBG duplicate other federal programs including the Community Services Block Grant, Head Start, Foster Care and Adoption Assistance, Promoting Safe and Stable Families, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, Child Welfare Services, Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, among many others.