Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Introduces New Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort To Cut Government Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced a new bipartisan piece of legislation to cut duplicative services and root out waste in government while protecting the priorities of middle class Illinoisans.  Bustos’ Government Transformation Act, was incorporated into today’s No Labels’ “Make Government Work” legislative rollout, and the Senate companion version of the bill was recently introduced by Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois.

“Every year, think tanks, auditors, investigators, and even Uncle Sam’s own Government Accountability Office crank out report after report concluding the same thing – too many federal government programs are inefficient, costly, ineffective or all of the above,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  “And yet every year, these conclusions are largely ignored.  As a consequence, the federal government unnecessarily wastes billions of dollars a year while many government programs continue to operate without concrete goals or standards for success.  My common sense bipartisan bill attacks government waste and helps ensure government programs are more economical, efficient, and effective.”

“I’m pleased that my bill has already attracted bipartisan support in the House and that Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois has introduced companion legislation in the Senate,” Bustos continued.  “I’ll continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build support for this common sense approach to deficit reduction.”  

The Government Transformation Act establishes a new bipartisan Commission for Government Transformation, which will oversee and affect the transformation of various federal government programs and functions so they will be more economical, efficient, and effective.  The Commission will feature seven members – appointed by the President and the leadership of both parties in the House and the Senate – and a dedicated expert staff that would review all activities of government and develop specific legislative recommendations.

Numerous facets of the federal government’s operations demand reform, and the Commission will examine issues including: government management practices, financial controls, the alignment of specific programs with strategic goals and the elimination of failed programs. 

Any recommendations from the Commission will be sent to Congress for an up or down vote. 

Bustos’ legislation was one of nine common sense bills unveiled today at No Labels’ “Make Government Work” legislative rollout.  The No Labels Problem Solvers is a group of 81 House and Senate Democrats and Republicans who meet on a regular basis to build trust across the aisle and to develop solutions for the American people.  For additional information on the “Make Government Work” legislation and the No Labels group, visit www.NoLabels.org.