Senate sends GOP bills to president's desk

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 CarperTom CarperOvernight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare Overnight Finance: Trump promises millions of jobs | Obama taps Kasich to sell trade deal | Fed makes monetary policy video game | Trump vs. Ford MORE (D-Del.), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSwing-state Republicans play up efforts for gun control laws Reid knocks GOP on gun 'terror loophole' after attacks GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (R-Maine), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Jon TesterJon TesterOvernight Healthcare: Mylan CEO to defend record on EpiPens | Medical cures bill delayed to lame duck | House GOP hopeful about Zika deal Tribes open new front in fight over pipelines Dem lawmakers: Clinton should have disclosed illness sooner 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 CardinBen CardinSenate poised to override Obama veto US general calls out Pakistan on support for Afghan militants Top Dem: 'Risk factor' to extending Iran sanctions in lame duck MORE (D-Md.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOvernight Defense: US attempted hostage rescue in Afghanistan | Defense hawks brace for spending fight | Trump slams 'lies' about Iraq war stance Senators want military separation policy to address trauma-related behavior Senate Dems reignite fight for hearing on SCOTUS nominee MORE (D-Minn.), James InhofeJames InhofeSenate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal Shutdown risk grows over Flint Dem slams House waterways bill over splash parks provision MORE (R-Okla.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerSenate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal Buzz builds on Becerra’s future plans This week: Shutdown deadline looms over Congress MORE (D-Calif.) co-sponsored S. 710.