The Taxpayer Transparency Act Exposes Government Waste
With conferees still struggling to strike a bad deal on a $1 trillion food stamp and farm welfare bill, conservative efforts to reform an out-of-control food stamp program and constrain lavish farm subsidies have met stiff resistance from lawmakers and entrenched special interests.
In the midst of the larger effort to separate food stamps and farm programs so that each can be debated and reformed on its own merits, there are efforts to shed light on the federal government’s shameful (and wasteful) campaign to promote big government programs like food stamps.
Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) 75% introduced a bill last October called the Taxpayer Transparency Act (H.R. 3308). The bill would require every communication by a Federal agency used for advertising or educational purposes to unequivocally state that it is “produced and disseminated at taxpayer expense.” This common sense approach would provide much-needed accountability and transparency to inform the public how their hard-earned tax dollars are being wasted by Washington bureaucrats and bring attention to an ever-growing government behemoth.
Heritage Action supports H.R. 3308 and all efforts to oppose and expose the federal government’s campaign to expand the welfare state at the expense of the American taxpayer.