Myrick, Lankford, Cooper CRS Resolution | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

Myrick, Lankford, Cooper CRS Resolution

Letters to Officials

April 18, 2012

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

Representatives Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) have introduced H.Res           , which would require the Congressional Research Service (CRS) analyze all bills reported out of committee. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this legislation.

In March 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report identifying areas of duplication, overlap, and fragmentation in the federal government. The report recommended a total of 176 actions spanning a wide range of areas that Congress and the executive branch could take to reduce or eliminate these inefficiencies. In a February 2012 follow-up report, the GAO stated that Congress and the executive branch had only implemented actions in 5 percent of the areas that the agency’s report had suggested.

H.Res.            would amend the rules in the House of Representatives by requiring an analysis by the CRS to determine if any bill or joint resolution creates any new federal program, office, or initiative that would duplicated or overlap any existing federal program, office, or initiative. The reporting committee would also be required to provide an explanation as to why the creastion of any new program, office, or initiative is necessary if a similar program, office, or initiative already exists.

I urge you to support this legislation. All votes on H.Res.            will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2012 Congressional Ratings.


Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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