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Lawmakers Must Keep Focus on Cutting Wasteful Spending

(Washington, D.C.) – As lawmakers consider tax reform legislation and measures to fund government operations, it is important that Congress focus on ways to eliminate wasteful and unnecessary spending. Senator Lankford (R-OK) recently released his third annual report on “Federal Fumbles,” which identifies questionable and wasteful government spending. This year, the report tallies more than $473 billion in spending that may merit elimination, including a range of pork-barrel projects.

Daniel Garza, President of The LIBRE Initiative, released the following statement:

“There’s never a reason for hard-working taxpayers to bear the cost of wasteful and unnecessary spending. Government taxes and spending are too high already, without wasting hundreds of billions in scarce dollars on programs and projects that simply don’t serve the national interest, or which duplicate initiatives that are better performed by the private sector. It’s encouraging that lawmakers are working to reduce the tax burden, and we are encouraged that tax reform will soon be signed into law. But it is also essential for lawmakers to use the budget process to highlight and cut wasteful spending. This is a critical part of reducing the deficit and fixing government finances, so workers and entrepreneurs can thrive.”

For interviews with a representative from The LIBRE Intiative, please contact Brian Faughnan, 202-805-1581 or Wadi Gaitan, 202-853-4463