Bipartisan Push Seeks to Revive Hill Oversight, Starting With Budget Boost for GAOEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

Support is quietly growing across the ideological spectrum on Capitol Hill for measures intended to toughen congressional oversight muscles that have been allowed to atrophy for several decades under majorities of both political parties. The first beneficiary of the gathering push could be the Government Accounting Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, which has repeatedly requested more resources in recent years, only to be rejected by lawmakers. A coalition of free-market-oriented conservative non-profits focused on government reforms told top Republican leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee in a Nov. 3 letter that “for too long, Congress has neglected many of its constitutional authorities,” and that GAO is the place to start in restoring congressional oversight authority. “GAO is particularly deserving of increased resources. As the primary congressional watchdog, GAO has historically yielded an enormous return on investment. Spending just $656 million in 2020, the GAO estimated that their ‘work yielded about $77.6 billion …Read More

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