Grassley’s bill creates stricter guidelines and accountability for government agencies’ use of charge cards by federal employees. He drafted the bill after the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office reported fraudulent and questionable purchases by federal workers, including jewelry, gambling, cruises and even the tab at strip clubs and legalized brothels.

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“This bill is about accountability,” Grassley said when the Senate approved his measure. “The public trust has been violated by abusive use of government charge cards. The federal bureaucracy needs to improve the way it manages the use of these cards.”

At issue are charge cards used by authorized federal employees for small-scale items needed for official business, such as office supplies or travel cards, which are issued to federal employees to pay for official travel expenses. The point of the bill is to stop the misuse of funds, which costs taxpayers money.

Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Inhofe defends Pruitt after criticisms | Agency releases study on water contaminant | Trump rescinds Obama ocean policy Dems press EPA nominees on ethics, climate Overnight Energy: Senate panel sets Pruitt hearing | Colorado joins California with tougher emissions rules | Court sides with Trump on coal leasing program MORE (D-Del.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt Skyrocketing insulin prices provoke new outrage MORE (R-Maine), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDonald Trump Jr. headlines Montana Republican convention Overnight Defense: Trump orders Pentagon to help house immigrant families | Mattis says 'space force' needs legislation | VA pick gets hearing date Election Countdown: Family separation policy may haunt GOP in November | Why Republican candidates are bracing for surprises | House Dems rake in record May haul | 'Dumpster fire' ad goes viral MORE (D-Mont.) co-sponsored S. 300.

Thune’s bill would modernize the way the federal government and states track the shipment of hazardous waste by going paperless.

The Environmental Protection Agency requires businesses properly document the shipment of waste materials to ensure they are disposed of properly under existing environmental law. The bill would allow them to file electronically rather than using carbon copy paper manifests.

"With an over $14 trillion national debt and a projected $1.43 trillion deficit for this year, Congress ought to be looking for ways to streamline and modernize federal government programs to save taxpayer dollars," Thune said. "This common-sense legislation to modernize the way hazardous waste is tracked will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of these programs by improving public safety and reducing burdensome paperwork requirements on the private sector."

Sens. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinCommunity development impact remains clear with NMTC post-tax reform Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies Dem sen: No military option in North Korea ‘without extreme risks’ MORE (D-Md.), Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharDem senators introduce bill to ban controversial voter purges Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix MORE (D-Minn.), James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Obstacles to Trump's 'Space Force' could keep proposal grounded for now The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? MORE (R-Okla.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (D-Calif.) co-sponsored S. 710.