Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) issued the following statement regarding his cosponsorship of H.R. 176, the Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act:
"The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Lifeline program is a textbook example of a well-intentioned government program spiraling totally out of control. Established in 1984 to provide emergency landline access for low-income families, the Obama Administration has since expanded the program to foot the bill for handouts of 10, 20, or even 30 free cell phones -- ballooning the cost from $143 million before the President took office to $2.2 billion in 2012.
"This abuse of taxpayer dollars must end now. Our constituents watch as this Administration burdens future generations with crippling debt. Ending the practice of wasteful federal subsidies for cell phones is common sense. I am proud to cosponsor H.R. 176 to end the practice of subsidizing free cell phone services, and I urge all of my colleagues to follow suit to return fiscal efficiency to Washington."