Bustos renews call for action on IPace Acrt following new report of $100 billion in misspent tax dollars

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, following a recent report that showed the government made $100 billion in improper payments last year alone, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) reiterated her call for Congress to pass her bipartisan bill to curb improper payments and save the government from wastefully spending billions of dollars in taxpayer money each year.

“This new report is only the latest proof as to why immediate action must be taken to put a stop once and for all to outrageous improper payments that squander taxpayer-dollars year after year,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “Since taking office, I have fought to protect middle class priorities by working toward bipartisan, common sense ideas to cut government waste, fraud, and abuse. Congress should join me in siding with our hardworking constituents by taking up and passing my bill to give agencies the tools they need to cut improper payments at once.”

In November, Bustos introduced the Improper Payments Agency Cooperation Enhancement (IPACE) Act which would provide agencies with the tools needed to improve agency coordination on anti-waste and fraud efforts and curb billions of dollars in improper and unnecessary payments to the deceased.

The Senate version of the IPACE Act was introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).

Since taking office, Bustos has advocated strongly for bipartisan, common sense approaches to cutting unnecessary government spending. Bustos introduced the Government Transformation Act last July that would cut duplicative services and root out waste in government while protecting the priorities of middle class Illinoisans. This bill was incorporated into No Labels’ “Make Government Work” legislative package and the Senate version was introduced by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL). The first bill Bustos introduced as a Member of Congress was the Government Waste Reduction Act, which is also a common sense bill that attacks government waste and helps ensure government programs are more economical, efficient, and effective.