Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Promises about Government Efficiency on GOP Pledge-O-Meter

Require "sunset" reviews for programs

Will adopt a policy similar to those in 20 states that require that programs end – or "sunset" – by a date certain.

Consider designations and namings of post offices and other federal buildings only one day each month

"Consider designations and namings of post offices and other federal buildings only one day each month."

Handle commemorative moments and special honors during special orders and one-minute speeches

"Consider taking all these commemorative moments and special honors, and handle them during special orders and one-minute speeches... With all the challenges facing our nation, it is absurd that Congress spends so much time on naming post offices, congratulating sports teams, and celebrating the birthdays of historical figures. Now, I know the drill: members get good press opportunities back home and leaders get cover while stalling on the people’s priorities. But often these resolutions are poorly drafted, or duplicative of previously considered bills. And under both parties they’ve received little or no oversight. It’s my view that we should consider taking all these commemorative moments and special honors, and handle them during special orders and one-minute speeches"