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601 Ways to Cut $639 Billion in Wasteful Gummint Spending

In a story for the Washington Examiner last Sunday, April 5, Eathan Barton reported,"Federal officials could eliminate $639 billion in wasteful spending annually — more than last year's deficit — by adopting more than 600 measures proposed by a nonprofit advocacy group."

Here's a portion of Barton's reporting:

"The savings — which would add up to $2.6 trillion over five years — are found in 601 recommendations included in Citizens Against Government Waste's 2015 Prime Cuts report.

"The November 2014 elections gave the Republican Party control of the Senate and a larger majority in the House. Congress now has a clear mandate to reduce spending by eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement," the group said.

"Hanging over Capitol Hill during this shift in power is the nation's record $18.2 trillion national debt, which is a constant reminder of profligate spending in Washington. By following the blueprint provided by CAGW's Prime Cuts 2015, wasteful government spending can be cut and the nation can start on a path toward fiscal sanity," the report said.

"The biggest savings from a single Prime Cuts recommendation was eliminating the Rural Utilities Service, which provides broadband access to communities with populations of less than 20,000 people. Doing so would save $9.6 billion the first year and $48.1 billion over five years.

"Among the wasteful federal spending projects identified by the report was a $667,000 grant awarded to Buford Communications of LaGrange, Ark., in 2009 to build a high-speed internet network. With the town's population of 122, the project cost $5,468 per resident."

You can read the remainder of Barton's report here.

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) introduces their 2015 Prime Cuts here, including this concluding statement:

"By following the blueprint provided by CAGW’s Prime Cuts 2015, wasteful government spending can be cut and the nation can start on a path toward fiscal sanity. Prime Cuts 2015 is essential reading for taxpayers, the media, and legislators."

In addition, the complete 26-page Prime Cuts is here while the accompanying 2015 Database is here.

Growls readers know that only by concerted action by the two houses of Congress will needed action occur to reduce waste, fraud and abuse in federal government programs. Consequently, readers are encouraged to tell their Congressional representatives to take action to reduce government waste. Contact information is available at Thomas (use left-hand column). Taxpayers living in Virginia's Arlington County, should contact:

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -  write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Senator Tim Kaine (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-4024
  • Representative Don Beyer (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376.

Ask for a written response. And, tell them ACTA sent you.

Kudos to Citizens Against Government Waste for their continued efforts to reduce government waste.

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