Jun 22 2011
Today, Dr. Coburn filed amendment #500 to S.679, the Nominations Process Reform Bill that would require all legislation to be reviewed before it is considered by the Senate to determine whether new duplicative and overlapping programs are being created.
Specifically, this amendment would require committee reports accompanying every bill to provide:
(1) an analysis by the Congressional Research Service to determine if the bill creates any new federal program, office, or initiative that would duplicate or overlap any existing federal program, office, or initiative with similar mission, purpose, goals, or activities along with a listing of all of the overlapping or duplicative federal program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives; and
(2) an explanation provided by the committee as to why the creation of each new program, office, or initiative is necessary if a similar program or programs, office or offices, or initiative or initiatives already exist.