Irresponsible, Wasteful, Excessive Spending Must Be Stopped

April 3, 2012

Media Contact: Victoria Coley 433.758.6077 victoria@thepublicnotice.org

IRRESPONSIBLE, WASTEFUL, EXCESSIVE SPENDING MUST BE STOPPED
Nation’s Fiscal Picture Still Worrisome

Arlington, VAAs the federal government still struggles to control spending, news out of the General Services Administration (GSA) office indicates continued wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars.  The Hill reports spending for a GSA conference, in October, included expenditures that exceeded $820,000.

The White House Chief of Staff, Jacob Lew, said that the president was “outraged by the excessive spending” and that, “[h]e called for all those responsible to be held fully accountable.”  However, President Obama came out strong against House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, which passed the house last week, 228 – 191, and is the only budget to do so from either chamber of Congress.

Reports of irresponsible spending come at a time when the Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests optimism in the overall economic picture, but points out that the federal government’s operations are still “unsustainable.”

While many Americans work off a planned budget, the federal government has not passed a budget in three years.  Meanwhile over that same time period the federal debt has risen by nearly 45% to over $15.5 trillion dollars.

Gretchen Hamel, Executive Director of Public Notice, said the following:

“As the GAO notes, while our economic picture may be improving, the nation is still on an unsustainable path. The nation’s leaders have no choice but to act.

“While we commend the President for leading by example in holding GSA accountable for its wasteful spending, he knows GSA’s boondoggle is a small symptom of a much larger problem.

“The House Budget Committee’s outline is the only budget that has passed either of the chambers of Congress. While it’s not perfect, it’s a sound-working document. Instead of resorting to election-driven attacks, I urge the President and Congressional leaders to sit down and negotiate. The time has come. Taxpayers are waiting – even GSA’s mind reader could see that.”

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please call Victoria Coley at 443.758.6077 or victoria@thepublicnotice.org

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