Today, Senator Deb Fischer, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, announced her plan to reduce the size of the federal government and it more efficient.
"The constant gridlock in Congress has led to a shift of power to the federal bureaucracy. This shift has allowed the Obama Administration to grow the size and power of the bureaucratic regime in unprecedented leaps and bounds," said Senator Fischer.
The federal government has become so far-reaching that it is suffocating businesses and individual freedoms in this country. Action must be taken immediately to begin to cut back on the ever-growing bureaucracy and its expanding influence on every aspect of our lives. Congress must reassert its oversight authority and bring more transparency to the process," said Fischer.
As a U.S. Senator, I will make the tough decisions necessary to dramatically reduce the size and scope of the federal government. In my plan, I have listed my initial priorities to take those first steps toward streamlining the federal government," said Fischer.
Senator Fischer's five-point plan is listed below.
1. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment. Once a Balanced Budget Amendment is in place, Congress will be forced to set priorities for government. I believe the first priority of the federal government is national security. Until Congress balances the budget, everything else should be one the table.
2. Repeal Obamacare, the Dodd-Frank Financial Bill and No Child Left Behind. These three bills must be repealed to relieve the American public of unnecessary government involvement that has or will hinder our recovery and growth as a nation.
3. Eliminate Ineffective and Duplicative Programs and Agencies. Congress spends millions of dollars funding excessive and duplicative programs every year. For example, the federal government funds more than 44 job training programs costing $30 billion, administered by nine different federal agencies. This is unacceptable. We should also begin to eliminate ineffective agencies, such as the Federal Highway Administration. We have to begin to significantly downsize government, making reductions in every department and agency.
4. Implement a Process for Congressional Oversight of Regulations. When I was elected to the Unicameral, my first priority bill put in place a process by which the public could challenge a rule or regulation implemented by a state agency. I believe a similar process needs to be enacted at the federal level. For example, Congress should have approval authority over any regulation that has a certain economic impact.
5. Audit the Federal Reserve. The Federal Reserve sets the monetary policy of the United States. This agency may be one of the most powerful federal agencies and it is one of the least accountable.