McMorris Rodgers: CBO report on expired clearances reveals delayed federal oversight

With $461 billion in appropriations for 2022 coupled with 422 expired appropriations, Congress is failing to properly authorize the very programs it is spending money on, according to U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), citing a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

“This report confirms again that lapsed government agencies are on autopilot and operating without proper oversight,” said Rep. McMorris Rodgers, a senior member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Congress must reclaim its authorizing power and be accountable to the federal bureaucracy that has become disconnected from its mission to serve ‘We the People’.”

To date, the CBO also indicates in its August report that Congress failed to reauthorize 1,118 appropriations that expired before the start of fiscal year 2022, and noted that 111 authorizations are expected to expire before the end of fiscal year 2022. fiscal year, including 99 for specific amounts totaling $807 billion.

“Congressional committees in the House and Senate need to do their jobs to review and reauthorize expired government programs,” Rep. McMorris Rodgers said.

Among several key points in the CBO’s report on expired credit authorizations, the bureau said that credits for expired credits have increased by $26 billion since fiscal year 2021, and that $203 billion in credits for credits expired in fiscal year 2022 are for programs that expired more than 10 years ago. years ago.

“If Republicans lead the House in the next Congress, that will be a priority for the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over almost every aspect of our economy,” the congresswoman said. “We will do the hard work to restore accountability and ensure that federal agencies under our jurisdiction are authorized and accountable to the needs of the American people.”

Rep. McMorris Rodgers is also the sponsor of the Unauthorized Expenses Accountability Act of 2021, HR 2056, “to ensure that every penny of taxpayers’ money is subject to scrutiny,” she said. .

If signed into law, HR 2056, which she introduced in March 2021, would establish a three-year budget level reduction schedule for unauthorized programs funded through the annual appropriations process, according to the congressional bill’s summary. . The bill has 31 Republican co-sponsors and remains under review in multiple House committees.

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