“I hope my colleagues are prepared,” he said when the committee convened to approve the legislative branch spending bill. “As many of these agencies can tell you, Members have not demonstrated fewer requests for these services in recent years. It is, in fact, the opposite.”
John Hart, a spokesman for Coburn, said the committee members appear to be “shooting the messenger” with their proposed cuts. The five Senators warned in their letter that the entire legislative branch would “suffer as a result of this dramatic cut.”
“As we seek solutions to our nation’s fiscal crisis, GAO’s nonpartisan expertise has never been more valuable,” they wrote.
The five Senators also criticized the committee’s recommendation that the GAO attach a “cost analysis to every report requested by a member or a committee,” which they wrote would be “an overly burdensome mandate.”
Hart said it was no coincidence that the co-signers of both letters serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“I think there’s a common commitment to oversight on this committee and a common appreciation for what the GAO has done to identify duplication,” he said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.