During National Sunshine Week, Sen. Cornyn Introduces Amendment To Create Federal Sunset Commission Based On Texas Model

“More than ever, restraint and a healthy dose of sunshine to shed light on how taxpayer money is spent is needed”

Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, today offered an amendment to the Small Business Reauthorization Act, S. 493, that would create a Federal Sunset Commission modeled after the Texas commission, which examines state programs to identify wasteful spending and duplicative programs.

The efforts of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, created in 1977, have led to the elimination of dozens of agencies that have outlived their usefulness and have saved Texas taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Sen. Cornyn’s amendment comes after the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a revealing report on overlapping and duplicative federal spending. Among its findings, the GAO identified 82 federal programs to improve teacher quality; 80 to help disadvantaged people with transportation; 47 for job training and employment; and 56 to help people understand finances. The report highlighted areas where different departments and agencies could be streamlining and coordinating to save billions in taxpayer money.

“Never has the need for a Federal Sunset Commission been more apparent with a recent non-partisan GAO report revealing that there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of duplicative federal programs that waste hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars every year.

“Three years ago I offered an amendment to create a sunset commission when the deficit was almost $500 billion and spending made up about 20 percent of the economy.  This year, the deficit is expected to be $1.6 trillion, while spending is now 25 percent of the economy.  More than ever, restraint and a healthy dose of sunshine to shed light on how taxpayer money is spent is needed. 

“My amendment would establish a bipartisan Federal Sunset Commission, tasked with reviewing federal programs, determining their efficiency, and making recommendations on whether they need reform or should be eliminated altogether. I hope my colleagues will heed the call of the American people for Congress to get its fiscal house in order and pass my amendment as an important first step in that process.”

Sen. Cornyn’s amendment would create an eight-member bipartisan commission, including four U.S. Senators and four U.S. Representatives, who will examine the effectiveness and efficiency of federal programs and agencies. The commission would make recommendations on whether these programs require reform or should be eliminated all together.   The President’s own Fiscal Commission recently highlighted the Texas sunset experience as a way to save federal taxpayers’ money:
http://www.fiscalcommission.gov/sites/fiscalcommission.gov/files/documents/Illustrative_List_11.10.2010.pdf.

7 comments

  1. Tragically hilarious!

    Apparently all but a few Texans have forgotten or. more likely never knew, that John Cornyn, when attorney general, had his office secretly settle the Funeralgate Lawsuit using Texas taxpayers money during the fall of the first year of Bush 43’s president. Cornyn and GWB were co-defendants in that lawsuit, which credibly accused GWB of perjury and obstruction of justice to cover up funeral fraud by their financial backer, SCI.

    The gall of Cornyn in championing both Sunshine Laws and the Texas Sunsetting Commission is proof that the mainstream media has utterly failed the public.

    Bushies attempted to rid SCI of the Texas Funeral Service Commission’s pesky attempts to enforce consumer rights via sunsetting. They had to bring in the guy Cheney shot in the face to clean up (cover up) the mess. Funny nobody reported that at the time of that shooting.

    http://archive.democrats.com/view.cfm?id=10397

    “Media Cover-up is Key to John Cornyn’s Senate Race in Texas”

  2. Senator Cornyn, I often disagree and chastise you for what I think you are NOT doing, but this time you havae it right. I hope that you wil be successful in getting this amendment passed.

  3. And once Upon a time real men represented the United States of America:

    Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

    At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.

    At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.

    At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.

    At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.

    At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

    At 23, started his own law practice.

    At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

    At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America ” and retired from his law practice.

    At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

    At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .

    At 33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

    At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.

    At 40, served in Congress for two years.

    At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.

    At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.

    At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.

    At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican Party.

    At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .

    At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation’s size.

    At 61, was elected to a second term as President.

    At 65, retired to Monticello .

    At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.

    At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.

    At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams

    Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

    John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

    When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe .
    Thomas Jefferson

    The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
    Thomas Jefferson

    It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.
    Thomas Jefferson

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
    Thomas Jefferson

    My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
    Thomas Jefferson

    The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    Thomas Jefferson

    To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
    I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.

  4. Someone tell Cornyn that the Texas model produced a 27 Billion deficit. I guess the wing nuts are going to argue that the deficit could have been greater if it wasn’t for all the “transparency” implement during Perry’s four terms as Governor.

  5. CW,
    I agree with you. During the Texas Sunset Commission reviews, I can’t remember any state agencies disappearing. . .

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