Bankrupting America’s Wednesday Waste

| March 13 2013

Wednesday Waste: Wasteful Resolution

Last week, the House passed a six-month continuing resolution (H.R. 933) that will keep the federal government funded after the current CR expires on March 27. The Senate version, which includes full-year appropriations bills for five departments (the House bill contained two) in addition to a CR for the remainder of the federal agencies, is on the chamber’s floor this week. Some lawmakers have already identified wasteful spending in the bill, including:

  1. Failure to retire the C-23 Sherpa Aircraft. Although both the Army and the Air Force do not need or want the aircraft, the Senate CR stipulates the Defense Department can’t use funds to retire the C-23 Sherpa. So much for giving the military discretion on how to carry out its priorities.
  2. $40 million in allowed funding for Job Corps Initiative. Originally put in place to aid to help recipients get high school degrees, the Jobs Corps initiative has not fulfilled its mission. Participants were no more likely to attend or complete college and earned only $0.22 more an hour than non-participants.  Under the Senate CR, of the funds given to the Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration, up to $40 millioncan be used for the Job Corps program.
  3. Civil Air Patrol. The Senate CR provides $15 million for the Civil Air Patrol above what was authorized by the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization bill. To make up for the increase, the CR cuts funding to the Air Force’s operations and maintenance budget. Before the CR came out, the Air Force announced it planned to cut pilots’ flying hours by 18 percent due to cuts to its … operations and maintenance budget.
  4. $2 billion to Continue Postal Delivery on Saturday. Following an uproar after the announced United States Postal Service (USPS) canceling of Saturday delivery, the Senate CR seeks to maintain funding for Saturday delivery. By blocking the USPS’s ability to control its own funding, the federal government stifles a potential $2 billion in savings.

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