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Hillsdale Daily News: Walberg legislation passes the house

January 6, 2017
Tim In The News
WASHINGTON D.C. - After being sworn in on Tuesday it was off to work for the 115th Congress.

Congressman Tim Walberg (R-MI) introduced the first piece of legislation the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act on Tuesday. The legislation was then passed unanimously on Wednesday.

The legislation H.R. 71, will provide the American people with a better understanding of how their tax dollars are spent. It requires each federal agency to annually report online and inventory of its federal programs and provide a description and cost of each program.

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) is leading this effort in the Senate.

"Increasing transparency and collecting better data is the first step towards eliminating redundant and wasteful spending," Walberg said. "Washington must be held accountable, and shining a light on overlapping and inefficient federal programs is a common sense way to save taxpayer money. I'm proud to start the new year on a strong note fighting for Michigan taxpayers."

Walberg was also selected to serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the 115th Congress. The oldest standing legislative committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee has responsibility for the nation's telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy and interstate and foreign commerce.

"From health care to energy to telecommunications, the Energy and Commerce Committee has broad jurisdiction over issues of great importance to Michigan families and all Americans," Walberg said. "In this new role, I look forward to playing a central part in our work to restore patient-centered health care, streamline burdensome regulations, and unleash innovation and job growth."

Representative Fred Upton said Walberg is a workhorse and a top-notch legislator.

"It's his keen understanding of what we need to do to improve the lives of middle-class families here in Michigan that will make him such a great addition to the Energy and Commerce team," Upton said. "We're excited to have him on board."

This article originally appeared in the January 6 edition of the Hillsdale Daily News.