Rice Leads Bill to Reform Federal Government Programs

Bipartisan Legislation Would Create System to Identify and Eliminate Wasteful Programs  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Congressman Tom Rice (R-SC) and Congressman Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) introduced a bipartisan bill to effectively reform government services by identifying and eliminating wasteful programs.

“Making government smaller and more efficient is always the goal,” said Rep. Rice. “This is a commonsense solution to saving taxpayer money while identifying and eliminating wasteful spending in the federal government. I appreciate being able to work across the aisle on legislation that cuts red tape and helps streamline government services.” 

“Arizona’s taxpayers deserve to know that their tax dollars are used as effectively and efficiently as possible,” said Rep. O’Halleran. “Establishing a formal review process to allow agencies to work with Congress to repeal or consolidate duplicable or wasteful programs is commonsense and long overdue. I look forward to working with members of both parties to see this important legislation passed into law.” 

The Identifying and Eliminating Wasteful Programs Act would create a system to help federal agencies identify which programs are unnecessary, defunct, duplicative or could operate more efficiently if consolidated with another program. The agencies would work with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to submit a list of these programs to Congress. Congress would then draft legislation to eliminate or consolidate those programs.  

The Rice-O’Halleran legislation is a companion bill to S.2135, sponsored by Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Senator Braun (R-IN).