On Tax Day Gardner, Peters Call for Congress to Act on Billions in Unnecessary Spending

Reps. Kick-Off Bipartisan Effort to Improve Oversight from GAO Report on Wasteful Spending & Implement Recommendations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As folks across the country file their taxes today, U.S. Representatives Cory Gardner (CO-04) and Gary Peters (MI-14) launched a bipartisan effort to hold Washington accountable for wasteful spending and help save families their hard-earned tax dollars.  The Congressmen are partnering this week to promote two initiatives responding to a new Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) report showing that $95 billion taxpayer dollars wasted on duplicative programs. They will introduce a measure that would expand oversight for the GAO’s cost-saving recommendations by requiring oversight hearings.

“Today millions of Americans will file their taxes and write checks to the IRS,” Gardner said.  “As lawmakers, it is our duty to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, and right now much of it is being wasted on inefficient and duplicative government programs.  For the third year in a row, the GAO has released a report detailing areas where government programs can be combined or improved.  Instead of letting that report gather dust, we are proposing that Congress hold hearings and vote on the suggestions in the GAO report.”

“Michigan families work too hard to watch Washington not just waste their money, but ignore common-sense ways to save it,” Peters said. “Each year reports show that billions of tax dollars are misspent on duplicative programs, but Congress has failed to implement even one third of recommended cost-saving consolidation measures. On Tax Day today, I’m glad to work with Congressman Gardner to hold Washington responsible for unnecessary spending and demand better accountability and oversight from our government. Folks in Michigan deserve to know on Tax Day and every other day that Washington is being as judicious with their tax dollars as they are with their own family’s budgets.”

The Congressional Oversight to Start Taxpayer Savings Act (or the COST Savings Act) requires that committees of jurisdiction hold oversight hearings on the findings of an annual GAO report that highlights duplicative federal government programs.

Kicking off on Tax Day, the Congressmen will promote their efforts on Twitter this week and identify cost-saving measures identified in the recent GAO report. They encourage Twitter users to join in by tweeting @RepCoryGardner or @RepGaryPeters using #FedWaste to highlight other ways to responsibly cut spending and reduce the deficit.

A full copy of the GAO’s 2013 report on government spending can be found HERE.

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Congressman Gardner is a member in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Colorado's 4th Congressional District. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee and is a member of the following Subcommittees: Communications and Technology, Energy and Power, and Oversight and Investigations.

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