Walberg, Cooper Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Increase Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Jim Cooper (D-TN) yesterday introduced H.R. 3830, the Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act, bipartisan legislation to provide the American people with a better understanding of how their tax dollars are spent. The Taxpayers Right-To-Know Act will require the Office of Management and Budget to publish online an inventory of each agency’s federal programs, and provide a description of the program as well as identify information about the program’s performance and costs. U.S. Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.
“All too often taxpayer dollars go down a black hole at agencies across the federal government,” said Rep. Walberg. “Every dime that Michigan taxpayers send to Washington should be accounted for in a transparent way. Having this information at our fingertips provides an opportunity to evaluate and streamline programs, eliminate waste, and improve outcomes.”
“We can always do better,” Rep. Cooper said. “The public needs access to information. I’ve always said sunshine is the best disinfectant.”
“Accountability to the American taxpayers in Washington, DC, is in short supply,” said Senator Lankford. “The Taxpayers Right-to-Know Act seeks to restore trust that taxpayer dollars sent to Washington are used efficiently and effectively. Our bill ensures Congress can provide thorough oversight of federal spending, help showcase good stewardship of tax dollars, and provide additional necessary details to root out duplication, inefficiency, and waste. This bill has been one of my top priorities for long-term transparency of otherwise opaque federal spending. Oklahomans need to know what Washington is doing with their money. This bill gives taxpayers, Congress, agency leaders, and watchdog organizations information in a central inventory. I look forward to full consideration of this bill in the House and Senate.”