Is Congress truly serious about eliminating wasteful federal spending?

March 22, 2012 04:00

GAO recommendations from last year and this year would produce savings that exceed $300 billion, according to Coburn aides. – Washington Examiner


Washington Examiner editorial


That seems like a reasonable estimate considering just a few of the examples GAO pointed out to Congress:

• There are 209 federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education programs, administered by 13 different federal agencies, costing taxpayers more than $3 billion annually.

• Congress has spent $30 billion on more than 200 duplicative Department of Justice (DOJ) grants and programs meant to help crime prevention and assist victims of crime.

• In 2010, the government spent roughly $170 billion on 160 housing programs aimed at helping homebuyers, homeowners and rental property owners.

• A total of 53 programs at the Departments of Agriculture, Housing and Commerce, plus the Small Business Administration, provide similar assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs — costing a combined $2.6 billion.


The Coburn amendment failed because 12 senators who voted in favor in 2011 changed their vote in 2012. The dozen senators, all Democrats, include: ………. Voters and journalists in those states might want to ask these senators what changed their minds from supporting to opposing the elimination of duplicative federal spending.



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