Bipartisan Schrader Legislation to Cut Waste at the Pentagon Included in Defense Authorization Package
Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR)’s legislation to reduce administrative waste at the Pentagon, reallocate excess in their spending, and find smart ways to use our tax dollars was selected for inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual authorization package for the Department of Defense. The bipartisan amendment is cosponsored by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT), Rod Blum (R-IA), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Ralph Norman (R-SC), and Francis Rooney (R-FL).
“The DOD identified $125 billion administrative waste in their own budget audit,” said Rep. Schrader. “It’s time we use their work to save taxpayer dollars and reallocate some of those funds to improve the lot of our servicemen and women. Americans deserve good stewardship of their hard earned money.”
“Wasteful defense spending undermines public confidence, especially at a time when President Trump is proposing a dramatic increase to an already bloated Pentagon budget,” said Rep. Welch. “Our amendment will ensure that the Department of Defense makes every effort to cut costs and save taxpayer dollars.”
“As a private sector businessman and taxpayer, I’m elated the Defense Business Board identified over $100 billion in potential cost savings within the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Blum. “In light of our current federal deficit of over $20 trillion, it is vital we take seriously the potential savings at every level of government, including the Department of Defense.”
“The Pentagon has a responsibility to American taxpayers to spend its money wisely – and to cut costs where it can,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Smarter spending and greater transparency at the DOD is needed now more than ever.”
“As a small business owner, if there were places and things to cut in our budget to save money, I did it,” said Rep. Norman. “Our federal government should make sure they are doing the same thing – particularly because it’s not their money. We can find wasteful spending in every agency, and we are more than capable of doing the same within the Department of Defense, while still ensuring our country remains a global military power and keeps us all safe.”
“Thank you to Chairman Sessions and the House Rules Committee for moving this cost saving amendment forward,” said Rep. Rooney. “While it is important to properly fund our military, we must ensure that every dollar is being spent in the most cost effective and fiscally responsible way possible. The men and women that defend our freedoms deserve the best, and taxpayers deserve to know that the money they are paying is not being wasted.”
The Department of Defense (DOD) Overhead Cost Savings and Transparency amendment would require DOD to report to Congress on ways they are finding to save money and the work they are doing to implement savings recommendations laid out by the 2015 Defense Business Board report. The 2015 report, commissioned by the Pentagon, revealed $125 billion that could be saved over five years in administrative waste and redundancies. The amendment also requires DOD to identify any recommendations that have not been implemented at this time and a list of alternative recommendations to achieve cost-savings throughout the agency. Reps. Schrader and Welch introduced legislation last year following the release of the 2015 report, which lays out suggested ways to cut through bureaucracy and obsolete technologies at the department.