This bill — the Cut the Perks Act — would requires political appointees to personally repay taxpayer-dollars that they misused following a determination of misused by either the agency’s inspector general (IG) or the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
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Committee on Oversight and ReformIntroducedJune 28th, 2018
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What is House Bill H.R. 6295?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 6295
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced this bill to ensure that political appointees personally reimburse the government for illegal expenditures of public money:
“No taxpayer should ever foot the bill for Washington bureaucrats’ illegal expenses.”
Cosponsor Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) added that, under current regulations, there are insufficient restrictions on politicians’ use of public funds:
“There are currently no restrictions on flying first class on the taxpayer’s dime, and Members of Congress can spend up to $1,000 of tax dollars a month leasing a luxury vehicle of their choice. This is ridiculous and needs to stop now. Being in Congress should be about public service, not enjoying perks funded by Americans’ taxes.”
This bill has five cosponsors, including four Republicans and one Democrat.
Under current law, if a political appointee’s political expense is found to be illegal, there is no legal requirement that they personally pay it back, or that the money be refunded to taxpayers.
In practice, appointees often refund money because of public pressure — but even when they do, they don’t always pay the full sum back. For example, President Donald Trump’s original Health and Human Services Secretary, Tom Price, only refunded taxpayers about one-eighth of the cost of the private flights which forced his resignation.
Summary by Lorelei Yang(Photo Credit: iStock / MarioGuti)