Text of A resolution establishing the Committee to Reduce Government Waste.

This resolution was introduced on February 12, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 12, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. RES. 30


February 12, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Roberts, and Mr. Enzi) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration


Establishing the Committee to Reduce Government Waste.



There shall be a Senate committee known as the Committee to Reduce Government Waste (referred to in this resolution as the committee).





The committee shall be composed of 12 members as follows:


4 members from the Committee on Finance, 2 selected by the Majority Leader and 2 selected by the Minority Leader.


4 members from the Committee on Appropriations, 2 selected by the Majority Leader and 2 selected by the Minority Leader.


4 members from the Committee on the Budget, 2 selected by the Majority Leader and 2 selected by the Minority Leader.


Tenure of Office


Period of Appointment

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



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.



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


Chairman and Vice Chairman

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



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 under section 4 may be exercised by a majority vote.




In general

The committee shall have the following duties:



The committee shall—


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


determine which Federal programs should be modified or eliminated.



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


Reports and legislation

The committee shall submit to the Senate


at least once a year, reports including—


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


a list of underperforming or nonessential Federal programs; and


such legislation and administrative actions as the committee considers appropriate.


Consideration of legislation

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





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


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


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


administer oaths and take testimony; and


procure necessary printing and binding.


Witness Allowances and Fees

The provisions of section 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.



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


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.


Payment of Expenses

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