On July 18, 2013, the Problem Solvers, a coalition of Democrats and Republicans in both the House and Senate, stood together to unveil a legislative package aimed to make government work again. The bills are the Problem Solvers' first legislative initiative, and mark a first step toward rebuilding trust across the aisle to solve problems. Show your support by signing onto the bills as a citizen co-sponsor now.
No Budget, No Pay
If Congress cannot pass a budget and all annual spending bills on time, members should not get paid.
Take the Time, Save the Dime
Move to a two-year budgeting process.
Don't Duplicate, Consolidate
Get rid of duplicate agencies and programs identified in 2013 by the Government Accountability Office.
Buy Smarter and Save
Enforce strategic sourcing so that separate divisions within a single federal agency do not make independent contracts for common items.
No Adding, No Padding
Stop assuming automatic year-to-year spending increases in agency budgets.
21st Century Healthcare for Heroes
Merge the electronic health records of the Department of Defense with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Stay in Place, Cut the Waste
Cut 50 percent of agency travel and replace it with video conferencing.
Wasted Energy, Wasted Dollars
Reduce energy waste in federal buildings by incentivizing private companies to identify energy savings. The contractors would be paid with the dollars saved instead of with taxpayer dollars.
Plan for Efficient and Effective Government
Create a new Commission for Government Transformation to oversee and effect the transformation of various federal government programs so they will be more economical, efficient and effective.
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