Rep. Walsh Defends the American Taxpayer

From the office of Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…

Introduces bill to ensure that federal agencies are not misusing taxpayer money

WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-8) introduced the bipartisan Government Spending and Accountability (GSA) Act in response to the General Services Agency’s (GSA) Las Vegas conference that cost American taxpayers over $800,000. This scandal has shed light on a culture of bureaucratic entitlement developing inside Washington. The GSA Act requires federal agencies to submit a quarterly itemized report of all expenditures related to conferences and meetings to the appropriate Congressional Committee.

Walsh stated: “We must hold federal agencies accountable to the American taxpayer. The GSA scandal is just a small glimpse of the growing culture of waste and abuse in Washington. Everyday it’s becoming clearer and clearer that federal agencies are incapable of policing themselves. It seems that these bureaucrats think the hard-earned taxpayer dollars they waste are their own to spend however they want.

“During these tough times when average Americans have to tighten their belts, these federal agencies should be setting an example of fiscal responsibility. I understand that taxpayers are hurting, which is why I gave back almost $200,000 in taxpayer funds this year to help pay down the national debt.

“The GSA Act directly attacks Washington’s culture of wasteful spending. American families have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. The GSA Act requires federal agencies to report the cost of all offsite meetings and conferences to Congress. Hopefully greater transparency like this will embarrass federal agencies into being more responsible with hard-earned taxpayer dollars and help encourage a new culture of fiscal responsibility.”

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