The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

Catfish Program Removal Gains Support of Committee on Energy and Commerce

The WasteWatcher is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact

On June 22, 2016, CCAGW and a coalition of taxpayer watchdogs sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging a vote on S. J. Res. 28.  S. J. Res. 28, sponsored by Sen. McCain (R-Ariz.), would nullify the USDA’s wasteful and duplicative catfish inspection program.  The Senate passed the resolution on May 25, 2016 with a vote of 55-43.  The House has failed to move forward with the resolution after nearly a month. 

While there is some opposition to a vote on the program, particularly from the southern states where “catfish offices” are prevalent, a growing number of representatives support voting on the waste-cutting resolution.  A bipartisan letter, spearheaded by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Minn.), has garnered nearly 200 congressional co-signers.  More recently, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, led by Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), sent a letter to the House Leadership urging a vote.  Their letter called the program a “prime example of duplicative government regulation” and urged a vote as soon as possible.

With the summer recess approaching, the leadership must act soon. 

Sign Up for Email Updates!Click Here!

View Archives

Posts by Author

Posts by Tag

Big Government (152) Obamacare (76) Waste (74) Congress (72) Healthcare (70) Budget (69) Uncategorized (56) Telecommunications (50) Internet (48) Technology (46) Debt (43) Deficit (43)