Schock Offers Amendment to Reduce the Size of Government
Amendment would create a BRAC-esque Commission to review government programs and abolish those that are duplicative or non-performing
Contact: Dave Natonski
May 19, 2010 -
During debate today in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of H.R. 2142, the Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Act, Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) offered an amendment to create a Federal Program Sunset Commission.
This Commission would review all federal programs based on the performance criteria established in the underlying bill, historical performance data, meetings with Congress, hearings and public input. After the review, the Commission would then abolish all non-performing or duplicative federal programs which are not specifically reauthorized by Congress.
Unfortunately the amendment failed to pass the Committee by a vote of 11 to 16, with two Democrats voting yes.
“My amendment would help deal with the massive yearly deficits currently being run by the federal government,” said Schock. “Under Democrat control, we’ve passed massive bloated spending bills which are drastically outpacing inflation or population growth and further putting our country on track toward a financial crisis. And all of this is in the name of financing government agencies and programs which may be truly unnecessary.”
The American people want a change in the spending behavior of Washington; they want systematic reform and change to the way Washington spends and operates,” Schock continued. “Let’s start by having a bipartisan commission evaluate federal programs in each Agency, especially those which aren’t performing, and help abolish those programs which are not fulfilling their goals, are duplicative, or dysfunctional and simply are serving as a drain on taxpayer funds.
“Our massive debt cannot be reduced with tax increases; rather it will be done through tough choices made to downsize our federal budget from within. This downsizing will lead to better fiscal sustainability in the long run, and a positive economic legacy for future generations,” Schock concluded.