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house Bill H.R. 22

Should Federal Agencies’ Congressional Budget Justifications be Publicly Available in a Standard, Centralized Format?

Argument in favor

Taxpayers have a right to know how federal agencies are using their dollars. Requiring federal agencies to publish their budget justifications would empower the public to find this information. Although Congress and the Office of Management and Budget are urging agencies to publish budget justifications and a site contains some of them, these efforts haven’t been successful due to lacking the force of law; this legislation would rectify that problem.

Tadros's Opinion
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01/05/2021
Everything should be transparent and next step is setting up term limits instead of lifetime appointments senator finestein 🙄
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Glowurm's Opinion
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01/06/2021
Thank you, Mike Quigley, for a bill that has addressed a problem we’ve had in years - no accountability to We, the People. It’s a start... so positively necessary...
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Frank-001's Opinion
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01/06/2021
There should and must be transparency as a general rule. Any “need” to redact must be justified in some legal manner.
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Argument opposed

Congress and the Office of Management and Budget already encourage the publication of budget justifications, so this legislation isn’t needed to encourage the publication of congressional budget justifications on agency sites. Additionally, usaspending.gov already hosts slime agencies’ budget requests, so there’s no need for this legislation to establish a new central site.

Jim2423's Opinion
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01/06/2021
This is just another Bill that already exists.
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ConcernedPatriot's Opinion
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01/06/2021
We need to reduce the overall redundant programs in government. While transparency is a cornerstone to a strong democracy, certain agency budgets should be exempt from public scrutiny because of potential national security implications.
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Don's Opinion
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01/05/2021
We already have enough government involvement,less is more...
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    << 14 days, 14 hours, 20 minutes to EDALT >>. … … … Not sure that a standard format works in many cases. A lot depends upon the required detail. Our government agencies spends funds on a diverse variety of products and services and if the required reporting goes into great detail (as Congress would likely require) such budgets would be used to replace proper Congressional oversight. I prefer trusting agencies to meet the intent of congressional legislation and funding allocations - and the human judgement of Congressional oversight committees given unrestricted access to funded programs to judge whether or not objectives are being met. The budget requests of the GSA to purchase paper, pencils, computers and office equipment to inventory to meet the needs of governmental agency activities will look very different then the funding for the CDC and need to participate in world pandemic preparation and that will be a lot different than a multi year effort to build a manned base on the moon to mine He3 for safe, efficient atomic fusion power generation. It would be exceedingly hard to make any meaningful comparisons between the budgetary needs of these organizations. … … The problem is exemplified by an old comic audio with the professor representing the literature department’s needs during an annual budget meeting for the University. There was a budget item of $150 M to build a prototype proton accelerator, and several other large items needed for other departments. All that he wanted was 50 new chalk board erasers. He knew nothing about what a prototype proton accelerator should cost nor what the exotic sounding requests from other departments should cost and could not comment on the passage of these items. When it became his turn to request chalk board board erasers he found himself having to justify why 50 why not 30. Why not invest in a few white boards and on and on. The problem was that everyone knew what chalk board erasers were, how they worked and how they were used - and almost no-one knew what a prototype proton accelerator even was let alone how it should work or cost, so they could not develop any meaningful yeah or nay arguments. … … A lot of the government advanced science and research organizations are a lot like this and understanding their budget needs and benefits of their work requires human engagement and understanding that simply cannot be captured in a standardized budget list. … … … I am not arguing against transparency at all. I am arguing about the utility of a standardized list for government agencies charged with conducting non-standardized work, particularly those charged with taking on requisite high-risk high-payoff research that private business would not take on due to the inherent financial risk of so doing - such as will likely be required to thwart the climate crisis. Agencies such as these cannot be effective if they are bogged down by congressional staffers challenging the number of boxes of copy machine paper needed nor other such administrivia inherent to most bureaucracies.
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    Everything should be transparent and next step is setting up term limits instead of lifetime appointments senator finestein 🙄
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    Absolutely Federal Agency Congressional Budget Justifications should be in standard formats & publicly available. Unbelievable they aren’t already standard formats so they can be easily reviewed & compared. They should also include Cost/Benefit Analysis for evaluation. Anything involving tax dollars needs to be publicly available!
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    Yes! It’s our money. We should know how it’s being spent!!! Transparency produces accountability!
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    Thank you, Mike Quigley, for a bill that has addressed a problem we’ve had in years - no accountability to We, the People. It’s a start... so positively necessary...
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    Americans deserve transparency
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    There should and must be transparency as a general rule. Any “need” to redact must be justified in some legal manner.
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    Every cent should be publicly accounted for because every cent of government held money IS OUR TAX MONEY! No money "belongs" to the government. It is the tax money of citizens.
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    Since Our Tax Dollars are paying for Everything We Deserve to Know the “what and where”.
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    It always astonishes me how antiquated/inefficient Government reporting is.
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    Transparency is always key
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    Transparency, transparency, transparency.
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    Of course! Tell us the unvarnished Truth. We can handle it.
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    Yes, all agencies should be reporting how they spend taxpayer money, and it should be easily readable for Americans to see. Let's start with the Department of Defense budget, which to my knowledge is still hidden from all.
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    Since it is the taxpayers' money, the government should be transparent about how it is spent. However, other than for information purposes, it will not be much use to the taxpayers. The most important thing is for the government to keep track of how the money is spent so that it matches up with the budgeted amounts.
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    Once again trumpublican Kevin Brady sucks off the government teet, but can’t be bothered to do his job‼️🖕👎. His stance on this bill? Not Voting‼️. Get off your ass dumns&$t!
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    I’ve worked in local government fir 20+years. Their budgets are always required to be publicly posted. The Federal government should be held at least to that standard.
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    Absolutely!
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    Absolutely! Also, pass the "Ones Subject at a Time Act" so that each item has to be discussed and voted on based on it's own merit. No more dis-related items attached to each other. Stop the legal corruption.
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    ABSOLUTELY SHOULD HAPPEN AND ALL OF THESE DISGUSTING BILLS WITH THOUSANDS OF PAGES PACKED WITH HIDDEN PORK NEEDS TO STOP..WHY NOT PUT JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING TO A PUBLIC VOTE?? WITH THE INTERNET THIS IS PROBABLY POSSIBLE..BETTER YET>>TERM LIMITS AND NO LIFETIME PENSION>> AND BAN THE FREAKING LOBBYISTS OR AT LEAST FROM EVER BECOMING A CITIZEN REPRESENTATIVE...IF THESE DIRTY CLOWNS ARE SO WEALTHY THEY DO NOT NEED TAXPAYERS FUNDED PENSIONS NOR A+ RATED CADILLAC HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS..One year of salary to find a greedy corporation they can go work for ESPECIALLY SINCE THEY JUST VOTED THEMSELVES A $52,000 pay raise hidden in the COVID RELEIF BILL>>>GEE WHY NOT ONLY $600???
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