Congressman Doug Collins Talks about His CARFA Legislation

June 19, 2014

Congressman Doug Collins has been talking up his Commission on the Accountability and Review of Federal Agencies (CARFA) legislation.

The Congressman recently discussed his vision for CARFA, which is legislation that accelerates and streamlines the process by which Congress cuts duplicative and wasteful federal programs.

Speaking on a segment during C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, Collins said this legislation, if approved, would take away Congress’ excuses.

“This should be done already in our congressional oversights with appropriations, but what we are doing here is take a special committee and come together, put this to a straight up and down vote and you either say you are for cutting this, or you are not for cutting this”, said Collins.

Collins explained that these redundant government programs and agencies are not created overnight, but rather come into existence over long periods of time.

“Its just one of those things where a good idea starts here, when you have multiple agencies that do housing and social security benefits, these are some of the things you can find, but there are all kinds of examples”, he added.

The Congressman says there seems to be a majority of support for the legislation among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

“When members hear the process they say that’s something they like the concept of”, said Collins. “This is just another way for us to put another tool in the toolbox for getting our fiscal house back in order.”

CARFA, which is outlined in House Resolution 4566, has been introduced and is currently in the process of trying to obtain co-sponsors according to Collins.