Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment offered by U.S. Representative Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18) to the National Defense Authorization Act that addresses wasteful government spending by the Department of Defense on unused and underutilized facilities. The Department of Defense has hundreds, possibly thousands, of buildings and structures that it has rated at zero percent utilization, which are maintained by taxpayer funding. Prior to the vote, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste announced their support for Rep. Murphy's amendment to make more efficient use of defense facilities. (Please find attached a copy of the amendment).
"By forcing the Department of Defense to take a serious look at its facilities, gather data on how these facilities are managed, and develop a coherent plan for reducing costs and improving efficiency, my amendment seeks to eliminate this wasteful government spending," said Rep. Murphy. "We all agree that we need to reduce government spending and that the best place to start is by rooting out waste. I was pleased to see my colleagues from both sides of the aisle come together to support this common-sense solution to do just that."