GAO Finds Massive Waste Yet Senate Democrats Refuse to Pass a Budget

Washington, DC – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan offered the following statement after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its second annual report on waste and duplication in federal programs. The GAO found 51 areas of government spending where taxpayers could potentially save tens of billions of dollars every year. The GAO also found little progress in reducing the waste identified in last year’s report.

“Washington wastes more money in a year than most Americans see in a lifetime, but Senate Democrats refuse to pass a budget. 11 different agencies run 94 different programs to encourage ‘green building,’ and Senate Democrats still refuse to pass a budget. 13 agencies operate 209 different STEM education programs, and still we see no budget from Senate Democrats.”

“This kind of waste and duplication is shameful and, with a $15 trillion national debt, it is downright dangerous for our economy. One of the first things conservatives in the House did last year was propose the Spending Reduction Act to cut or eliminate over 100 different areas of the federal government. There is no excuse for failing to cut spending when this sort of waste is so abundant.”

The Democrat-controlled Senate has not passed a budget in almost three years and has no plans to pass a budget this year.