Classic inside baseball. Above is just one nugget Taxpayers for Common Sense came across while reading page 237 of the 284-page Water Resources Development Act of 2013 that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee recently passed out of committee. Apparently they can’t do anything to address “the issue in paragraph (1)” because tax revenue decisions are another Committee’s job.
Actually, there’s plenty they can do to address the issue, like charging barge companies that use navigation locks, requiring a cost-share for Operation and Maintenance costs, or closing down deadbeat, money-losing waterways. Instead they hide behind procedure and pass the buck.
This is what’s wrong with Congress. No one wants to lead. No one wants to make the tough decisions.
That’s why we’re here. Taxpayers for Common Sense is not afraid to make the tough calls and to hold government accountable to you, the taxpayer. We keep the spotlight on how Congress makes (or doesn’t make) decisions about how they spend taxpayer dollars. TCS has built its reputation as a reliable, nonpartisan voice advocating for the American taxpayer because we actually read the bills, highlight opportunities for reform, and propose solutions.
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