CAGW Issues Spending Cut Alert: House Energy & Water Appropriations

For Immediate Release Contact: Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5334
July 9, 2013 Luke Gelber 202-467-5318

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste today released its analysis of the House version of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.  The bill’s cost to taxpayers is $30.4 billion, a reduction of $2.9 billion from FY 2013 and $4.1 billion below the President’s request.

On June 26, 2013, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers stated, “This bill reflects the difficult but crucial balance between fiscal responsibility, and essential infrastructure and security programs.  In this austere budget year, we must make choices – we can’t have it all.”  

With the chairman’s vision for hard choices in mind, CAGW has combed through the bill in search of opportunities to cut wasteful spending and save taxpayers money.  In this Spending Cut Alert, CAGW compared the FY 2014 House Energy & Water Appropriations bill to the 557 recommendations contained in its 2013 Prime Cuts database and found six significant spending cuts that, if enacted, would save taxpayers $1.07 billion in FY 2014 and $9.51 billion over five years.

“The Prime Cuts database gives the public, the President, and Congress a very straightforward list of wasteful, duplicative, and outdated programs drawn from more than two dozen credible sources,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz.  “All that is missing is the political leadership to eliminate these boondoggles.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government. 

 

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