Skip to comments.Rand Paul Introduces Sequester Bill
Posted on 02/23/2013 5:52:08 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion
Not only is Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.) calling out the Obama administration’s “dishonest” doom-mongering on the sequester, he also put forward his own plan, released today, to replace the impending cuts with alternative savings, and to do so “without layoffs,” according to a release from the senator’s office.
Paul’s bill would reduce federal spending by more than $85 billion annually by directing the government to:
Stop Hiring New Federal Employees ($6.5 billion per year)
More than 60,000 people left the federal workforce in 2011. This provision would end the practice of hiring new employees to replace them.
Bring Federal-Employee Pay in Line with Private Jobs ($32 billion per year)
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that federal-employee compensation is 16 percent higher compared with the private sector. This provision would reduce federal salaries to a more commensurate level.
Reduce Federal-Employee Travel by 25 Percent ($2.25 billion per year)
The federal government spends about $9 billion on travel, according to the General Services Administration, which ironically was the center of a recent scandal for its exorbitant spending on travel and conference costs. Paul bill’s would rein in such expenses.
Focus Military Research on Military Needs ($6 billion per year)
Paul’s office cites research from Senator Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), which found that the Defense Department spent $6 billion on research that had little or nothing to do with military needs.
Require Competitive Bidding for Government Contracts ($19 billion per year)
This provision would repeal prevailing-wage requirements under which employees are often paid higher wages to work on federal projects, and end the practice of awarding federal contracts without a competitive bidding process to ensure the government is contracting work at the lowest price possible.
Cut 50 Percent of Foreign Aid ($20 billion per year)
It is consistently one of the only portions of the budget Americans actually want to cut.
Now that’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout
It’s a start....but MSNBC will call Sen. Paul a fearmongering foolhardy cutting racist homophobe and the LoFos will believe it.
DOA in the Senate.
Looks good to me.
” Reduce Federal-Employee Travel by 25 Percent ($2.25 billion per year)”
Will the Obamas’ excursions be included?
I’m not opposed to Rand’s plan, but would only note that reducing salaries by 16% is roughly equivalent to the sequester plan of laying off the DOD workforce one day a week. So, from a fed employee perspective, SEN Paul would basically furlough their salary one day a week, but require them to show up for work anyway.
good ideas, sequester bill from Rand Paul
Will the Obamas excursions be included?
Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahhahha Yeah LMAO Fat chance of that.
Ground Air Force One and Wookie One and save another Billion.
His bill refuses to accept the premise that they ought to earn 16% more than private sector workers in similar positions.
In your calculations, you don’t mention that.
Just goes to show you that anyone can “prove” anything depending on their angle, their POV, their agenda.
His entire point was, don’t let federal workers earn 16% more than the people who work for private entities who are being taxed (and the rest is borrowed) to pay their salaries.
Let’s DO it!
So, from a private sector person's perspective, GOOD!!!!!!!! And BTW, what WAS your point?
Like his father, Rand makes more sense than most politicians...certainly most all Bureaucrats in general. Copy those cuts and send them to your Board of Supervisors, College Regents, City Fathers....it isn’t just Washington that is spending way too much.............
A good start.
I can’t speak to the Federal bureaucracy but have worked in several NC state offices.
I’ll bet most State offices could cut at least 20% of the staff and still be overstaffed.
This is what leaders do. Where is the House co-sponsor? This is how you expose Obama and the senate and house democrats for the obstructionist reprobates they are. Excellent way to position a much needed restraining order against Obama and begin preparations for the mid-terms.
Will Boehner respond?
Damned good bill, Rand. I love the no more Federal employees idea. Geez, that’s gotten out of hand!
I'm not a government employee. The problem with these salary comparisons is they don't compare job to job. Government doesn't have many burger flippers.
Exactly. Treat fed emps just like private emps. instead of paying them 16% more.
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