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The Government Accountability Office's Report on Waste

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. FORTENBERRY. Mr. Speaker, we engage in so much Washington speak in our debates--words like ``sequestration,'' ``continuing resolutions,'' and ``debt ceiling''--that the structure of our debates, I feel, can be off-putting to many Americans. So let's try to be a little more straightforward.

The reality is that we have a huge mismatch between revenues and expenditures. We all know that this is a struggle, but we have to get our fiscal house in order, just like American families do, businesses do and even local governments do; but instead of hashing through the same old debates, perhaps there is an easier way forward.

Right here, Mr. Speaker, is a Government Accountability Office report that came out this week. It's a new report that builds upon former reports. There are more than 300 areas in which we can tackle redundant spending across the Federal Government. So here is the right place to start, Mr. Speaker--in delivering a smarter and more effective government while also saving money.

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