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Transportation, Treasury, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2005

Location: Washington, DC



Mr. ISTOOK. Mr. Chairman, I yield the balance of my time, which I believe is 4 minutes, to the gentlewoman from Tennessee (Mrs. Blackburn).

Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Chairman, I rise to speak against this amendment. The amendment would eliminate many of the contract reforms that we have worked so hard, so very hard to pass in order to increase the efficiency of government operations.

Contrary to statements of supporters of this amendment, competitive outsourcing is not outsourcing or privatization. I do not know why the supporters of this amendment oppose demanding the most for our taxpayer dollars because that is what we are doing when we talk about competitive sourcing. These contracting reforms create an environment where Federal employees can compete against each other and the private sector to provide services for the government. This is much of what our the government reform efforts are about in this Congress.

Competitive sourcing allows the commercial functions of the government to be contracted out to whomever offers the best deal for the taxpayer. That is called getting the most bang for your buck.

Mr. Chairman, that is what my constituents constantly talk about, is having government work efficiently, having it meet our needs, and having it do so making the best possible use of that taxpayer dollar; being the best steward that we can possibly be of the taxpayer dollar.

If this body adopts the Van Hollen amendment, the progress we have made in eliminating waste in the Federal bureaucracy, much of that will be undone and millions of taxpayer dollars will be spent needlessly. We cannot allow this to happen. We are on the road to making some great strides in reforms.

I urge my colleagues who are serious about having an efficient and effective government, a smaller government that serves the needs of the American people, to vote against the Van Hollen amendment.

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