An Illinois congressman has introduced her first bill, and it aims to tackle government waste. U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline) introduced the Government Waste Reduction Act, a bill that would reduce duplicative services and root out waste in government. The goal is to save taxpayer money and enhance revenue.
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Bustos points to 47 job training programs run by the federal government, of which 44 overlap. She says consolidating programs that overlap can save tens of billions of dollars while not impacting program quality. “Like many across our district that I’ve heard from firsthand, I learned at a young age that balancing the family budget and living within our means is a question of values,” Bustos said. “Instead of balancing the federal budget on the backs of Illinois middle class families, seniors and veterans, we can start by reducing duplicative services and rooting out waste in government. That’s why the Government Waste Reduction Act is the first bill that I have chosen to introduce.”