Monday, November 21, 2011

Lawmaker explains bill to limit Justice Act

U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., used the Congressional Western Caucus' weekly address to explain her bill to reform the Equal Access to Justice Act by disallowing the reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs for large, deep-pocketed special interests who repeatedly sue the federal government.

Some exerpts:

“In 1980, Congress passed a little-known law called the Equal Access to Justice Act. The idea of the bill was in recognition of the fact that suing the federal government is a daunting task, particularly for people or small businesses of limited means.”

“For 16 years, the program has existed without any oversight at all, and there is no requirement to keep track of the money that has been spent.”

“During this period of complete unaccountability, some multi-million dollar organizations discovered the Act, and began to twist it into subsidy for repeated procedural lawsuits.”

“While the original intent of Congress was for the Equal Access to Justice Act to assist people with a once-in-a-lifetime need, these groups have hijacked the program into a means to perpetually fund a cottage industry based on suing the federal government over and over again.”

“It [Government Litigation Savings Act] ends the tax-payer subsidy for repeated procedural lawsuits, while protecting the original intent of EAJA to serve social security recipients, veterans and small businesses.”

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