Washington, D.C. —
“Americans have made it clear that they want Washington to start living within its means and to take all the necessary steps to cut spending. At the very least, we can all agree that wasteful or duplicative government programs that cost money ought to be a good starting point on the long, hard road ahead. Preventing future duplications is just as important as getting rid of the redundancy that already exists,” said Claire McCaskill.
Specifically, this bipartisan amendment would require committee reports accompanying every bill to provide the following:
· An analysis by the Congressional Research Service to determine if the bill creates any new federal program, office, or initiative that would duplicate or overlap any existing federal program, office, or initiative with similar mission, purpose, goals, or activities along with a listing of all of the overlapping or duplicative federal program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives; and
· An explanation provided by the committee as to why the creation of each new program, office, or initiative is necessary if a similar program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives already exist.
Text of amendment #521 here
Additional background here
Endorsement letter from Citizens Against Government Waste here