CAGW Praises Bush at 100 Days

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Citizens Against Government Waste

    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Against Government Waste
 (CAGW) today praised President George W. Bush's first 100 days in office and
 urged him to press ahead with long overdue reforms of federal government.
     "The president deserves high marks for bucking the beltway status quo,"
 CAGW President Tom Schatz said.  "Bush's efforts to slow the rate of federal
 budget growth and pork and return some of the tax overcharge to the American
 people show he is concerned about streamlining our bloated, inefficient
 government."
     "By capping the $1.96 trillion budget's growth at 4 percent, the president
 makes it significantly tougher for lots of last minute pork and bogus
 'emergency spending' to be added on," Schatz added.  "The idea that the
 general welfare would be imperiled by 'only' increasing spending by four
 percent is preposterous and illustrates the entrenched, tax-and-spend
 mentality in Congress."
     "Despite a superabundance of tax money in Washington and a sluggish
 economy, many in Congress continue to maintain the federal government can't
 afford any serious tax reductions," Schatz also said.  "The Bush
 Administration, particularly Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch
 Daniels, has forcefully pushed Congress towards greater spending restraint and
 increased oversight of government agencies."
     In recent weeks, news reports have confirmed the steady stream of tax
 dollars wasted in Washington:  The Social Security Administration reported it
 had paid $76 million to convicts from 1997-2000; the Department of Education
 announced it lost $450 million last year; the Immigration and Naturalization
 Service announced it lost $70 million worth of property, including guns and
 explosives; the State Department reported it owned a half-acre parking lot
 worth $10 million in Paris.  If Congress just cut wasteful, ineffective, and
 duplicative programs and subsidies, CAGW estimates over $1.2 trillion could
 be saved over five years.
     Last year, as surpluses rolled into Washington, federal spending increased
 at a rate of 8 percent.  The year before it increased 11 percent.
 Meanwhile, pork-barrel spending skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of $17.7
 billion in 2000 and $18.5 billion in 2001.
     After the current tax battle, CAGW advocates the administration empanel a
 private sector commission to review the performance of federal agencies and
 propose reforms to bring about a more accountable government.  The model for
 such a commission could combine the Grace Commission from the 1980s with the
 military base-closing commission of the 1990s.
     "The president's priorities are on the right track and CAGW supports his
 approach," Schatz added.  "He must continue to push for greater
 transparency, efficiency, and reform of government, and challenge the Senate
 and House to join him in efforts to eliminate the waste status quo."
     Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
 dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in
 government.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Citizens Against Government Waste
 (CAGW) today praised President George W. Bush's first 100 days in office and
 urged him to press ahead with long overdue reforms of federal government.
     "The president deserves high marks for bucking the beltway status quo,"
 CAGW President Tom Schatz said.  "Bush's efforts to slow the rate of federal
 budget growth and pork and return some of the tax overcharge to the American
 people show he is concerned about streamlining our bloated, inefficient
 government."
     "By capping the $1.96 trillion budget's growth at 4 percent, the president
 makes it significantly tougher for lots of last minute pork and bogus
 'emergency spending' to be added on," Schatz added.  "The idea that the
 general welfare would be imperiled by 'only' increasing spending by four
 percent is preposterous and illustrates the entrenched, tax-and-spend
 mentality in Congress."
     "Despite a superabundance of tax money in Washington and a sluggish
 economy, many in Congress continue to maintain the federal government can't
 afford any serious tax reductions," Schatz also said.  "The Bush
 Administration, particularly Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch
 Daniels, has forcefully pushed Congress towards greater spending restraint and
 increased oversight of government agencies."
     In recent weeks, news reports have confirmed the steady stream of tax
 dollars wasted in Washington:  The Social Security Administration reported it
 had paid $76 million to convicts from 1997-2000; the Department of Education
 announced it lost $450 million last year; the Immigration and Naturalization
 Service announced it lost $70 million worth of property, including guns and
 explosives; the State Department reported it owned a half-acre parking lot
 worth $10 million in Paris.  If Congress just cut wasteful, ineffective, and
 duplicative programs and subsidies, CAGW estimates over $1.2 trillion could
 be saved over five years.
     Last year, as surpluses rolled into Washington, federal spending increased
 at a rate of 8 percent.  The year before it increased 11 percent.
 Meanwhile, pork-barrel spending skyrocketed to unprecedented levels of $17.7
 billion in 2000 and $18.5 billion in 2001.
     After the current tax battle, CAGW advocates the administration empanel a
 private sector commission to review the performance of federal agencies and
 propose reforms to bring about a more accountable government.  The model for
 such a commission could combine the Grace Commission from the 1980s with the
 military base-closing commission of the 1990s.
     "The president's priorities are on the right track and CAGW supports his
 approach," Schatz added.  "He must continue to push for greater
 transparency, efficiency, and reform of government, and challenge the Senate
 and House to join him in efforts to eliminate the waste status quo."
     Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
 dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, mismanagement and abuse in
 government.
 
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