April 19, 2012
Washington, D.C. - The following is a statement by Steve Bell, Senior Director of the Economic Policy Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), and John Fortier, Director of BPC’s Democracy Project:
“The Bipartisan Policy Center applauds recent bipartisan legislation introduced today in both the House and Senate designed to improve government performance, reduce wasteful spending, and eliminate duplicative programs. Legislation introduced in the Senate by Senators Tom Coburn and Mark Udall and in the House of Representatives by Representatives Jim Cooper, Sue Myrick and James Lankford aims to address this oversight by requiring the Congressional Research Service to certify that new legislation does not duplicate existing federal programs or efforts.
“In this time of economic unsteadiness, with a ballooning national debt, the federal government must spend its money wisely and efficiently. This legislation is an important step towards this necessary goal, and we look forward to its swift consideration and passage.”