Friday, August 2, 2013

House bills tackle Obama admin excess

The north state's Rep. Doug LaMalfa joined other Republicans in the House of Representatives today in passing a package of bills aimed at curbing what they see as excessive spending and regulations imposed by the Executive Branch.

According to LaMalfa's office, the bills include:

· Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013, H.R. 367. This bill would require congressional approval of new regulations and restrict the power of bureaucracies.

· Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013, H.R. 2009. This measure prevents the IRS from imposing new taxes to fund the President’s health care takeover.

· STOP the IRS Act, H.R. 2565. Cutting through the red tape protecting government workers who abuse their positions, this bill allows the termination of IRS employees who use their official powers for political purposes.

· Government Employee Accountability Act, H.R. 2579. Allows agencies to place employees on unpaid leave when they are under investigation for certain serious offenses.

· Government Spending Accountability Act, H.R. 2711. This bill increases transparency with respect to taxpayer-funded conferences, places limits on federal conferences, and requires agency head approval for the most expensive conferences.

· Government Customer Service Improvement Act of 2013, H.R. 1660. Requires agencies to adopt customer service standards and to hold their organization and federal workers accountable.

· Stop Playing on Citizen's Cash Act, H.R. 2769. This bill puts a halt to lavish IRS conferences until new rules limiting these trips are in place.

· Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013, H.R. 2768. This bill gives the Commissioner of the IRS the responsibility of ensuring that Internal Revenue Service employees are familiar with and act in accord with taxpayer rights, including a right to privacy and confidentiality.

· Citizen Empowerment Act, H.R. 2711. Leveling the playing field between citizens and government, this bill ensures that individuals have the right to record their meetings and telephone exchanges with federal officials and requires that individuals be notified of this right.

· Common Sense in Compensation Act, H.R. 1541. This bill puts common-sense limits on the size of bonuses government employees can receive and restricts the number of bonuses that may be given to senior officials.

My colleague Carol Ryan Dumas is preparing a story on the bill that requires congressional approval of any new government regulation that would cost over $100 million. Watch for her report at

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