Senator Republican Jim DeMint – A Government Bureaucrat With Common Sense

Source: DeMint to colleagues: Want to pass feel good resolutions? Then you pay for it.
Republican Senator Jim DeMint introduced the Pay for Printing Act which would require senators to pay for celebratory “simple resolutions” with money from their own budgets. {Wow What a common approach to wasteful spending}

During the 112th Congress, the Senate has already passed over 350 simple resolutions, and introduced over a 100 more. They have mostly been symbolic, feel good declarations including, The “National Chess Day,” “National Safe Digging Month,” “Year of Water,” “National Inventors Month,” “Collector Car Appreciation Day,” and “The Year of the Family Caregiver.”

DeMint’s office points out that each resolution page costs an estimated $1,200. A investigation in June revealed that the 318 simple resolutions passed since January 2011 cost taxpayers $381,600. Dozens of additional simple resolutions have been passed since then, and their total price tag in this Congress now amounts to more than $400,000.

Senator DeMint said “The printing of symbolic, nonbinding resolutions has gotten out of hand and it’s costing taxpayers more of their hard earned dollars. This bipartisan legislation simply requires senators to take responsibility for paying for the cost of printing these symbolic resolutions out of their own office budgets. This will require senators to be more judicious with taxpayer dollars and hopefully cut down on many of these unnecessary resolutions.”

This legislation requires the printing costs for such celebratory simple resolutions to come out of Members’ Representative Allowance (MRA), unless the resolution enjoys more than two thirds of the Senate as sponsors.

Co-sponsors of this bill are, Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee, Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch, Alabama Republican Sen, Jeff Sessions, and Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.

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