Senator Pryor asks for Spending Cut Suggestions! Here are a few!(Part 78)

Senator Mark Pryor wants our ideas on how to cut federal spending. Take a look at this video clip below:

Senator Pryor has asked us to send our ideas to him at cutspending@pryor.senate.gov and I have done so in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

On May 11, 2011,  I emailed to this above address and I got this email back from Senator Pryor’s office:

Please note, this is not a monitored email account. Due to the sheer volume of correspondence I receive, I ask that constituents please contact me via my website with any responses or additional concerns. If you would like a specific reply to your message, please visit http://pryor.senate.gov/contact. This system ensures that I will continue to keep Arkansas First by allowing me to better organize the thousands of emails I get from Arkansans each week and ensuring that I have all the information I need to respond to your particular communication in timely manner.  I appreciate you writing. I always welcome your input and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to contact me on any issue of concern to you in the future.

Here are a few more I just emailed to him myself:

GUIDELINE #5: Improve financial management and reform wasteful programs.
Congress must provide stronger financial management oversight for federal programs, which are losing billions of dollars every year from mismanagement. The following examples of inexcusable waste make a convincing case for reform:
  • The federal government cannot account for $24.5 billion spent in 2003.16
  • The U.S. General Accounting Office refuses to certify the federal government’s own accounting books because the bookkeeping is so poor.
  • Of the 26 departments and major agencies, 18 received the lowest possible rating for their financial management, meaning that auditors cannot even express an opinion on their financial statements.17
  • The Medicare program pays as much as eight times the cost that other federal agencies pay for the same drugs and medical supplies.18
  • The federal government made $20 billion in overpayments in 2001.
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s $3.3 billion in overpayments in 2001 accounted for over 10 percent of the department’s total budget.19
  • Recently, the Department of Agriculture was unable to account for $5 billion in receipts and expenditures;
  • The Internal Revenue Service does not even know how much it collects in payroll taxes.20
  • Congressional investigators were able to receive $55,000 in federal student loan funding for a fictional college they created to test the Department of Education.21
  • The Army Corps of Engineers has been accused of illegally manipulating data to justify expensive but unnecessary public works projects.22
  • A recent audit revealed that employees of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) diverted as much as 3 percent of the USDA budget to personal purchases through their government-issued credit cards.23
  • Over one recent 18-month period, Air Force and Navy personnel used government-funded credit cards to charge at least $102,400 for admission to entertainment events, $48,250 for gambling, $69,300 for cruises, and $73,950 for exotic dance clubs and prostitutes.24

This is how bad it is getting:

Anti-Poverty Spending Is Surging

Anti-Poverty Spending Has Jumped 89 percent Since 2000

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