WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Mike Braun and Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) to create a system for identifying and eliminating wasteful federal programs.
“There has been too much wasteful spending in Washington for far too long. I’m glad to lead this bipartisan effort with Sen. Hassan that has now passed the Senate, so that there will be a system in place to root out ineffective spending in the federal government and eliminate these wasteful programs.” — Sen. Mike Braun

“Duplicative or wasteful programs in the federal government often go on for too long without being eliminated. I introduced this bipartisan bill with Senator Braun because we need to ensure that the federal government is identifying and stopping these wasteful programs. I am pleased the Senate passed this commonsense legislation to save taxpayer dollars and make our government more efficient, and I urge the House to pass it.” — Sen. Maggie Hassan
The bipartisan Identifying and Eliminating Wasteful Programs Act would create a system to facilitate agency identification of wasteful programs and assist Congress with developing legislation to eliminate those programs. This system would require the following steps:

  • First, agencies identify wasteful or duplicative programs to potentially eliminate, and present that list to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB),
  • Next, OMB works with Congress to determine whether the program should continue or not, and
  • Congress, with the assistance of OMB and agencies, draft legislation to eliminate or consolidate the programs identified.

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