TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP PRAISES HOUSE LEADERSHIP’S EFFORT TO ELIMINATE WASTE | Citizens Against Government Waste

TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP PRAISES HOUSE LEADERSHIP’S EFFORT TO ELIMINATE WASTE

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Jim Campi or Aaron Taylor
April 4, 2000(202) 467-5300

 

(Washington, D.C.) — The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), America’s largest taxpayer watchdog group, today congratulated congressional leaders for unveiling the Waste Meter as a new way to track increasing government waste. 

“Americans know that Washington squanders tens of billions of dollars every year,” said CCAGW President Thomas Schatz.  Hundreds of reports from both public and private sources that document this waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement languish around Washington.  Last year, Congressional leaders tried to reduce the misspending by including a one percent across-the-board cut in the fiscal 2000 omnibus spending measure.  They were forced to agree to a measly .38 percent cut after President Clinton blocked the larger cuts in waste.

The congressional leadership, Speaker Dennis Hastert, Majority Leader Dick Armey, and Majority Whip Tom DeLay, have made their battle against waste and abuse a major priority for 2000.  “The Waste Meter will show who is part of the solution and who is part of the problem in eliminating wasteful spending,” Schatz said.  “The President has consistently failed to cut the waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the federal bureaucracy.  For example, his fiscal 2001 budget calls for more than $60 billion in new spending annually while failing to reduce or eliminate wasteful programs.  The possiblities for reducing waste are endless.  For example, our 1999 Prime Cuts Catalog recommends reducing bureaucracy and eliminating unnecessary positions in the Department of Interior.  This common-sense reform would save the taxpayers $45 million in the first year alone, and $256 million over five years.  And that just scratches the surface of what could be done.”

“In addition to their emptied pockets, the new Waste Meter will provide American taxpayers with a tangible measure of how much of their money government wastes,” Schatz concluded.

CCAGW is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, a 600,000 member nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

 

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