How Would You Save $100 Million?
President Obama's call to trim $100 million from the federal budget earned criticism from Republicans and good government groups for not going far enough, especially since the administration's proposed budget would balloon the national debt.
So how would other folks trim at least $100 million of government spending, if not more?
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee, suggests slicing $100 million at each of the government's 15 Cabinet departments.
“This move would still fall far short of real fiscal restraint, but with this administration, we have to take what we can get," Price said in a statement.
Price's proposal earned the support of House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), whose spokeswoman called it "a worthwhile goal and one that would deliver far more savings than the paltry sum the administration put forward."
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has an even more specific idea. He says wants Obama and the Office of Management and Budget to comply with federal laws on improper payments, or unnecessary or incorrect payments made by federal agencies.
The OMB and the Government Accountability Office have disagreed for years about how often agencies should check for improper payments.
"Obama could fix this today, instead of holding meetings on buying office supplies in bulk," said Issa spokesman Kurt Bardella.
As for good government groups, the Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and other groups recently released suggestions on how the government could save billions of dollars by scaling back U.S. nuclear weapon stockpiles. During the presidential transition, POGO also suggested several broad recommendations on government performance, accountability and transparency that, if enacted, would save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
Citizens Against Government Waste recommends the elimination of several government programs, including the cancellation of NASA's New Moon/Mars Initiative (a one-year savings of $1.5 billion), a reduction of federal subsidies to Amtrak ($204 million in savings) and the elimination of the national youth antidrug media campaign (saving taxpayers $91 million).
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| April 22, 2009; 2:19 PM ET
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