WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Scott Brown outlined this morning several initiatives he said would reduce government spending, increase transparency and reduce waste.
Brown’s plans include:
- The bipartisan Taxpayer Receipt Act, to be filed with US Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat. The bill would provide an itemized taxpayer receipt showing taxpayers where all of the money paid to the Federal government is getting spent, and how much new debt “we’ve put on the national credit card,” said Brown’s office in a statement. The receipt would arrive when a taxpayer files their tax returns, on or before April 15th of each year.
- The bipartisan 48 Hour Spending Transparency Resolution, which Brown said he will file to increase transparency on spending bills. Under current law, the Senate has to wait 48 hours before considering a bill that includes a committee report, after a bill is reported out of committee. Brown’s bill would apply that 48 hour threshold before any consideration of a legislative matter by a subcommittee or committee, or on the floor of the Senate.
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This story first ran in the Boston Globe on March 1, 2011.