Ways and Means panel to look at duplicative programs

Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) – the House majority leader and minority whip, respectively – are also teaming up with Coburn in a bipartisan and bicameral effort to examine government waste. 

The GAO report found 34 areas where the government programs overlapped and another 47 where Congress could reasonably consider cost-cutting measures.

The 34 areas included the food safety system, Justice Department explosives investigations, teacher quality programs and ethanol programs.