Reps. Myrick & Lankford Introduce Legislation to Prevent Duplication
Reps. Sue Myrick (NC-09) & James Lankford (OK-05)
Reps. Sue Myrick & James Lankford introduced H. Res. 623, legislation to change House and Senate rules to ensure members of Congress are informed of all existing federal programs before creating new ones. This reform would require the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to provide a "duplication score" for all legislation before consideration in Congress. Similar to a CBO estimate, which provides members of Congress with the potential cost of legislation, this duplication score would explain if the legislation to be considered creates new programs duplicative of existing federal programs.
Earlier this year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report detailing $100 billion in possible savings by eliminating duplicative programs. A year later, the GAO released a second report as well as a follow-up report on Congress’ progress given the 2011 recommendations. Congress continues to shirk its oversight duty and create even more overlapping federal programs. The country is on the verge of bankruptcy and can no longer afford a Congress ignorant of existing federal programs that continues proposing new duplicative government efforts costing taxpayers billions of dollars we are forced to borrow from China.
Rep. Myrick issued the following statement:
"The solution to every problem isn't another government program. Spending hundreds of billions of dollars on duplicative federal programs equals waste, and we can't get our economy on track if we keep it up. I thank my colleagues for their leadership on these resolutions, and hope they find quick passage in the House and Senate."
Rep. Lankford issued the following statement:
"We can't just keep throwing money at a problem and hope we can purchase a solution. Creating a surplus of duplicate federal initiatives only adds to the maze of federal bureaucracy and detracts from overall goals. By engaging the Congressional Research Service in any discussion of new federal programs, we can thoroughly assess whether legislation is adding to the litany of government programs already in existence to prevent duplication before it's created."