Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has never been one to shy away from a fight, and her most recent foray into the D.C. milieu may be her toughest battle yet, she’s taking on a zombie army.
Earlier today, the Congresswoman reintroduced her Unauthorized Spending Accountability Act (USA Act) in an effort to wipe out the “zombie” programs that have been wasting taxpayer dollars for decades. The legislation takes aim at programs that have not been “reauthorized” and sets them on a path to dissolution, if they are not “reauthorized” within three years.
“Too much of the federal government is on autopilot, leaving the American people less able to effectively review, rethink, and possibly eliminate government programs. The concept behind the USA Act is simple: every penny of taxpayer money should be subject to the American people’s scrutiny and accountability,” McMorris Rodgers said in a statement.
Last year, CNN’s Jake Tapper did a story on these “zombie” programs and explained that our government wastes more than $300 BILLION a year funding the old, and oftentimes ineffective programs.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 19, 2016
Enter Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) who thinks she has found a new, and important way to rein in government spending and start saving the American taxpayers a few dollars.
Back in 2016, when she introduced the legislation for the first time, McMorris Rodgers argued that Congress needed to be wiser with the responsibilities that the American people had entrusted them with, particularly when it comes to money and spending. “The Founding Fathers intended a government ‘deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,”’ McMorris Rodgers said. “As we build a bold, forward-looking agenda, a top priority is to restore the voice of ‘We, the People.’ We hear the frustrations of families and individuals whose power to make the best decisions for themselves has been taken away by a government that thinks it knows best and isn’t being held accountable.
“These frustrations are a symptom of the people losing their power to ensure every penny of taxpayer money is subject to citizens’ scrutiny and accountability. Too much of the government is currently on autopilot, and it’s time to challenge the status quo.
“A big part of the problem is due to what people in Washington, D.C. call ‘unauthorized spending’ — spending on government programs that have not been authorized by the people’s representatives. This means that the American people are prevented from exercising their power of the purse. When unauthorized spending is stopped through the USA Act, it will reclaim power for every man, woman, and child in this country.”
While the USA Act was unable to become law in the last legislative session, there is a new President now and he’s always looking to save the American people a few dollars. Getting the USA Act through Congress and on his desk may be the quickest and easiest route to starting the process of restoring fiscal sanity to Washington, D.C. The bill already has 25 co-sponsors and is being touted by many conservative and free market organizations who see it as an opportunity to save money while shrinking the size of our government (2 birds, 1 stone as they say).
If you want a smaller government, less spending, and more accountability… then you should call your representatives today and ask them to support the USA Act, this is the kind of legislation that can help to “fix” our problems in D.C.