S. 253: A bill establishing the Committee to Reduce Government Waste.

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Feb 07, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 253

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 7, 2013

(for himself,Mr. Roberts, andMr. Enzi) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Rules and Administration

A BILL

Establishing the Committee to Reduce Government Waste.

1.

Establishment

There shall be aSenatecommittee known as theCommittee to Reduce Government Waste(referred to in this resolution as thecommittee).

2.

Membership

(a)

Composition

The committee shall be composed of 12 members as follows:

(1)

Four members from theCommittee on Finance, 2 selected by the majority leader and 2 selected by the minority leader.

(2)

Four members from theCommittee on Appropriations, 2 selected by the majority leader and 2 selected by the minority leader.

(3)

Four members from theCommittee on the Budget, 2 selected by the majority leader and 2 selected by the minority leader.

(b)

Tenure of Office

(1)

Period of Appointment

Members shall be appointed for a period not to exceed 6 years.

(2)

Exceptions

No person shall continue to serve as a member of the committee after that person has ceased to be a member of the Committee from which the member was chosen.

(c)

Vacancies

Any vacancy in the committee shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

(d)

Chairman and Vice Chairman

The committee shall select a Chairman and Vice Chairman from among its members.

(e)

Quorum

A majority of the members of the committee shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold hearings. The powers conferred upon them undersection 4may be exercised by a majority vote.

3.

Duties

(a)

In general

The committee shall have the following duties:

(1)

Study

The committee shall—

(A)

research, review, and study Federal programs that are underperforming or nonessential; and

(B)

determine which Federal programs should be modified or eliminated.

(2)

Recommendations

The committee shall develop recommendations to theSenatefor actions designed to modify or eliminate underperforming or nonessential Federal programs.

(3)

Reports and legislation

The committee shall submit to theSenate

(A)

at least once a year, reports including—

(i)

a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of theCommittee; and

(ii)

a list of underperforming or nonessential Federal programs; and

(B)

such legislation and administrative actions as the committee considers appropriate.

(b)

Consideration of legislation

Any legislation submitted to theSenateby the committee shall be considered under the provisions of section 310 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974(2 U.S.C. 641).

4.

Powers

(a)

Hearings

The committee or, at its direction, any subcommittee or member of the committee, may, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions ofsection 3

(1)

sit and act, at any time, during the sessions, recesses, and adjourned periods ofCongress;

(2)

require as the committee considers necessary, by subpoena or otherwise, the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, and documents;

(3)

administer oaths and take testimony; and

(4)

procure necessary printing and binding.

(b)

Witness Allowances and Fees

The provisions ofsection 1821 of title 28, United States Code, shall apply to witnesses requested to appear at any hearing of the committee. The per diem and mileage allowances for witnesses shall be paid from funds available to pay the expenses of the committee.

(c)

Expenditures

The committee, or any subcommittee thereof, is authorized to make such expenditures as it deems advisable.

5.

Appointment and Compensation of Staff

Except as otherwise provided by law, the committee shall have the power to appoint and fix the compensation of the Chief of Staff of the committee and such experts and clerical, stenographic, and other assistants as the committee deems advisable.

6.

Payment of Expenses

The expenses of the committee shall be paid from the contingent fund of theSenate.