This week Republicans in the U.S. House will be presenting 10 bills that are meant to stop government abuse and rebuild the trust that many taxpayers have lost as a result of recent scandals. Cong. Ros-Lehtinen strongly supports this initiative and is pleased to join her GOP colleagues in this important endeavor. Below is a listing of the upcoming legislation.
1- Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care -- H.R. 2009 -- This bill would prevent the IRS from implementing the immense federal power grab known as ObamaCare.
2- Keep Federal Bureacrats from Ruining the Economy and Lowering Wages, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS ACT) -- H.R. 367 -- This important bill would require Congressional approval for any regulation or set of regulations that cost more than $100 million.
3- Citizen Empowerment Act -- H.R. 2711 -- This legislation will require the creation of an affirmative right for persons to record their meetings and telephone calls with a federal regulatory official that are engaged in enforcement activites and requires that persons be notified of their rights.
4- Government Employee Accountability Act -- H.R. 2579 -- This bill will give federal agencies the option to place employees on unpaid leave when they are under investigation for some serious crimes.
5- Government Customer Service Improvement Act -- H.R. 1660 --This bill requires federal agencies to adopt customer service standards and use customer feedback to improve their performances.
6- Government Spending Accountability Act -- H.R. 313 -- This legislation increases transparency with respect to taxpayer funded conferences, places limits on federal conferences and requires agency approval from the top administrator for the most costly conferences.
7- Common Sense in Compensation Act -- H.R. 1541 -- This legislation would place limits on the size of bonuses and it will also limit the number of senior agency employees who can receive bonuses in a particular year.
8- Stop Targeting Our Politics IRS Act -- H.R. 2565 -- This bill would provide for the termination of any IRS employee who takes official actions for political purposes.
9- Stop Playing on Citizen's Cash Act -- H.R. 2533 -- This bill imposes a moratorium on IRS conferences until the Inspector General's recommendations are implemented.
10- The Taxpayer Bill of Rights -- H.R. 2768 -- This bill will specify the rights that citizens have when dealing with the IRS, including privacy rights.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, The American people are sick and tired of Washington scandals and federal mismanagement. Each of these bills is meant to restore the confidence that the taxpayer has in the government. I am pleased that our GOP Conference has begun this important work and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to produce bipartisan bills that will restore trust in government and control federal mismanagement."