Bipartisan bill aims to reduce redundancy, pay down deficit


Congress would have to hold an up or down vote on that proposal within 10 days, and any savings would be used to reduce the deficit.

“It’s only common sense to get rid of government waste and hold our government accountable for unnecessary, unacceptable redundancies," Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Senate Dems lose forced vote against EPA power plant rule Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE (D-W.Va.) said in a statement.

The GAO issues a report every year identifying areas of duplication within the federal government and recommendations to reduce them. In 2013, the office, which is Congress's investigative arm, found 31 areas where agencies could be more efficient and 81 specific recommendations to save taxpayer dollars.

Since 2011, however, only 12 percent of the 300 recommendations have been implemented by the agencies.

"The president and Congress owe it to taxpayers to act on these recommendations," said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) in a statement. "If we fail to do so we would be like a doctor ordering x-rays before we treat a patient, but then ignoring what they show.”

The bill would also make the president explain why GAO recommendations that are excluded from the proposal to Congress have been omitted.

In addition to Manchin, Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteGOP fears Trump backlash in suburbs Trump makes rare trip to Clinton state, hoping to win back New Hampshire Key endorsements: A who's who in early states MORE (R-N.H.) is introducing the legislation in the Senate. Reps. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) are joining Dent in introducing the bill in the House.