At $54 billion, the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill contains a lot of excessive spending. Of course, while the Senate bill is far more egregious than the House bill ($44.1 billion) and blows through sequestration spending caps, both bills could save more.
The folks in Congress should be aware that our nation is nearly $17 trillion in debt. The Heritage Foundation’s Emily Goff identified several ways in which Congress could substantially cut wasteful spending in this appropriations bill.
A number of programs should be terminated or eliminated altogether; others should be privatized; still others should have their funding reduced. Below are Heritage’s suggestions: