Mar 27 2014

Senator Blunt Continues Fight To Increase Government Accountability, Transparency

Joins Bipartisan Group To Co-Sponsor ‘Taxpayer Right to Know Act’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) co-sponsored the bipartisan “Taxpayer Right to Know Act” this week as part of his efforts to strengthen government accountability. The bill, which was introduced by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (Okla.) and is co-sponsored by more than 20 additional Senators, increases transparency in Washington by requiring agencies to provide taxpayers with an annual report card for each of its programs.

“I’m proud to co-sponsor this bill as part of my continued work to make the federal government more transparent and accountable to Missourians,” said Blunt. “I’ll keep fighting to make sure we eliminate needless duplication and overlap among government programs while making Washington answer to those who are actually in charge of the federal government: the American people.”

In addition to the Taxpayer Right to Know Act, Blunt has introduced and co-sponsored a number of measures to address government transparency and accountability, including:

  • ENFORCE the Law Act: Blunt led more than half of the members of the Senate Republican Conference to introduce the “Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act.” The bill would put a procedure in place to permit Congress to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failure to faithfully execute the laws. To read more, click here.
  • Taxpayer Transparency Act: Blunt introduced the “Taxpayer Transparency Act” to require federal agencies to transparently disclose when taxpayer dollars are used to pay for government advertising. Blunt filed the bill after it was reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) planned to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on an advertising campaign to promote the president’s health care law. To read more, click here.
  • Regulatory Improvement Act: Blunt and U.S. Senator Angus King (Maine) introduced the “Regulatory Improvement Act,” bipartisan legislation to streamline, consolidate, and repeal onerous and costly government regulations. The bill would direct Congress to create a “Regulatory Improvement Commission,” which would collect broad public input regarding which regulations are outdated, duplicative, or inefficient. To read more, click here.
  • Citizen Empowerment Act: Blunt introduced the “Citizen Empowerment Act” to restore Americans’ trust in government by expanding provisions that allow individuals to record conversations with executive agency employees. Blunt filed the bill after it was revealed that Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials admitted to targeting conservative organizations and other Americans. To read more, click here.
  • Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act: Blunt co-sponsored the “Stop Targeting of Political Beliefs by the IRS Act,” which was introduced by U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Pat Roberts (Kan.) and is co-sponsored by 39 additional Senators. The bill protects the free-speech rights of 501(c)(4) organizations by prohibiting for one year the finalization of a proposed Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulation that would significantly limit the advocacy and educational activities of these groups. To read more, click here.
  • REINS Act: Blunt co-sponsored the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act,” which was introduced by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (Ky.). The REINS Act would require Congress to approve every new major rule proposed by the executive branch, which has an annual economic impact of $100 million or more, before it can be enforced on the American people. To read more, click here.
  • Government Employee Accountability Act: Blunt introduced the “Government Employee Accountability Act” to give executive agencies the ability to effectively deal with Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, and provide Congress with more oversight. To read more, click here.

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