ugg earmuffs Congressman DeSaulnier Announces Legislation to Squash Wasteful Spending at the Department of Defense
Designed to address reckless spending at the Department of Defense (DoD), this bill would prevent the DoD from receiving any additional funding until wasteful spending practices within the Department are addressed.
A report by the Washington Post exposed that the Pentagon buried an internal study that identified a $125 billion in bureaucratic waste. The study, which was conducted by the Defense Business Board (DBB), outlined a “clear path” for the DoD to save the identified funding without requiring layoffs or military personnel reductions. Such an increase is troubling, since the DBB report could be just the first glimpse into a myriad of waste, fraud, and abuses. We must insist on transparency and accountability in our government agencies, and ensure taxpayer dollars are judiciously spent. This bill would do just that by decreasing the staggering cost to taxpayers, all while keeping our military manpower and readiness intact,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.
Following the Washington Post expos, Congressman DeSaulnier joined Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA 14) in calling for Congressional hearings to investigate DoD spending practices. During an Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the internal study, DeSaulnier questioned members of the DBB about the findings in the report and its subsequent cover up.
Too bad we can get a review and reduction of all federal spending, though the DoD is a great place to start. A friend of mine is a civilian employee. She gets paid at least 50% more than she would in the private sector and she makes even more money when she travels for work because apparently whatever she doesn spend in her $300 a day per diem she gets to keep. So her boss and her travel for weeks at a time, stay at inexpensive hotels, eat cheap and make $1000s more a month at time. Must be nice. This is the first time I seen DeSaulnier do anything I even remotely agreed with. If Trump wasn in office he never would have proposed this. Silver lining!
There is waste in government spending at all levels, Federal, State and Local in all departments and none of it should be tolerated. However, this is a clear case of DeSaulnier being a typical liberal and targeting the DoD, because liberals don like the military and don understand the need for a strong military. The most important Constitutional responsibility of the Federal Government is to provide for the common defense; everything else is to have. Also,
DoD spending is a relatively small part of the total Federal budget (around 20%). The consequences of under spending on any program other than defense are far less significant than under spending on defense. There is no exact amount of defense spending required. So, if we are going to ensure adequate defense funding, we need to high. The DoD has been decimated under the Democrats and it time to rebuild as was done under the great President Reagan. Recall that under the leadership of President Reagan, we won our most significant war without firing a shot, because we had a strong defense. Peace through strength!
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