CAGW Issues Spending Cut Alert: Senate THUD Appropriations

For Immediate Release Contact: Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5334
July 23, 2013 Luke Gelber 202-467-5318

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste today released its analysis of the Senate version of the fiscal year (FY) 2014 Transportation, Housing, Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Appropriations Bill.  The bill’s cost to taxpayers is $51.7 billion, an increase of $2.3 billion over FY 2013.

On June 12, 2013, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) stated, “This bipartisan bill was written with input from Senators on both sides of the aisle, and I’m proud we came together on a responsible approach that makes critical investments in our communities during a time of tight budget constraints.  This bill … also makes crucial investments in community development and affordable housing programs and preserves an essential part of the country’s safety net by protecting housing assistance for low-income families and veterans.”  

With Chairman Murray’s vision for efficient, conscientious investments in mind, CAGW has searched through the bill for more opportunities to cut wasteful spending and save taxpayers money.  In this Spending Cut Alert, CAGW compared the FY 2014 Senate THUD Appropriations bill to the 557 recommendations contained in its 2013 Prime Cuts database and came across six outdated, misguided, or ineffective programs that, if eliminated, would save taxpayers $6.74 billion in FY 2014 and $33.7 billion over five years.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Cuts database gives the public, the President, and Congress a very straightforward list of wasteful, duplicative, and outdated programs drawn from more than two dozen credible sources,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz.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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