From: The Honorable Paul A. Gosar
Sent By: jeff.small@mail.house.gov
Date: 7/9/2014

Hold the Mismanaged Bureaucracy at the Corps of Engineers Accountable

Support Gosar Amendment (#1) to the Energy and Water Appropriations Act

Dear Colleague,

I ask that you join me in supporting Gosar Amendment #1 to H.R. 4923, theEnergy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015.

This amendment cuts $4 million, which is a 2.25 % decrease to for administration within the Army Corps of Engineers. This agency with a history of mismanagement was once again awarded the level of funding found in the President’s budget request. As a result,  the bill as drafted actually  increases outlays and direct spending by $2 million above the fiscal year 2014 level for Corps Administration.

In opposing my amendment, the ranking member actually helped buttress my policy arguments. I don’t believe in rewarding bad behavior—doing so is a major problem within the federal government.  The Corps must make do with the resources they have and prove worthy of funding increases.

The Corps received an overall increase of $25 million in the bill above the fiscal year 2014 level. While I can support more funds going to worthwhile projects, I take issue when the Corps continually receives the budget request level for bureaucrats who fail to mitigate their own incompetent job performances.

My amendment does not reduce funding for important projects—just inept bureaucracy.  For more information and examples, including examples from the associated Committee Report, please see below my signature.

Unfortunately mismanagement has been prevalent in the Corps for quite some time now.

Several years ago, former Senate majority leader Tom Daschle, Democrat from South Dakota, said the Corps is “one of the most incompetent and inept organizations in all the federal government.”

With an almost $18 trillion dollar debt that continues to grow, it is irresponsible to throw more money at a Department that cannot manage its own affairs.

I urge you to support Gosar Amendment #1.  Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of my commonsense amendment.

Sincerely,

Paul A. Gosar
Member of Congress