The USA Act: The Solution to Our Spending Problems?

Apr 26, 2017 by AFP

FBI, DEA, ATF, NASA, FEC, FTC, NIH – what does this alphabet soup of federal agencies have in common?

Technically, none of them should be receiving funding.

All of these agencies have expired, continuing well beyond their authorization. They are just a few of over 250 expired federal programs and agencies costing taxpayers $310 billion (more than a quarter of all discretionary spending) despite being, technically, illegal.

When one of these entities reaches the end of its authorization, Congress is supposed to reevaluate its viability and whether or not it should continue to receive funding. For decades, our lawmakers have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Luckily, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) has introduced the Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act, which would create a committee to oversee the authorization of federal programs and agencies.

Under the law, if Congress can’t agree on reauthorizing an expired program, it will be subject to a 10 percent spending cut in the first year, a 15 percent cut in the second and third years, and a complete phase-out at the end of the third year.

The USA Act would bring much-needed scrutiny and accountability to our spending problem. It could also help swing the balance of power away from unelected bureaucrats and back to the American people by reining in the hundreds of Federal programs that contribute to the massive size and scope of our government.

You’ve heard countless politicians and presidential hopefuls promise that when they take office, they will scrutinize government spending and cut waste. Now it’s time to act. Tell your lawmakers to support the USA Act with the click of a button in our Action Center.