CAGW APPLAUDS BUSH STAND ON SPENDING | Citizens Against Government Waste


Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact:Sean Rushton or Melissa Naudin
February 24, 2001(202) 467-5300


Washington, D.C. - Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), America’s largest taxpayer advocacy group, today applauded President George W. Bush’s continued insistence that reduced federal waste and pork was central to his fiscal agenda. 

At his Friday press conference, Bush stated:  “We're going to slow the rate of growth of the budget down.  My budget is going to say loud and clear that the rate of growth of the budget — for example, from last year — was excessive.”

“So far, George W. Bush has resisted the inside-the-beltway mentality that views bigger government and higher spending as synonymous with virtue,” CAGW President Thomas A. Schatz said.  “Hundreds of billions of dollars are literally flushed down the drain through waste annually, and everyone in Washington knows it.”

“Reforming this $2 trillion government will take an iron political will.  The status quo will only change when a strong leader takes charge, calls Congress and the executive branch to account, and forces them to change their wasteful ways,” Schatz added.  “So far, President Bush is sticking to his guns and taxpayers have every reason to be heartened.  His first budget will require Congress and federal agencies to consider how effectively they are spending our money, not just how much they are spending.”

CAGW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with over a million members and supporters, dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government.

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