House Republicans propose new bill to crack down on government conferences

"As we witnessed with the extravagant GSA Las Vegas conference last year, there is a clear lack of transparency regarding agency conferences," said bill sponsor Rep. Chuck FleischmannChuck FleischmannHouse passes bill to combat ISIS recruitment online Legislation to combat ISIS propaganda faces pushback from Dems House conducts moment of silence for Chattanooga victims MORE (R-Tenn.). "The Account Act will require fiscal responsibility of agencies holding conferences."

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Members co-sponsoring the bill are Reps. Lou BarlettaLou BarlettaGOP warms to Trump Donald Trump snags endorsements from two GOP chairmen Trump sweeps Atlantic primaries MORE (R-Pa.), Diane BlackDiane BlackWatchdog: Group broke federal law escorting women to abortion clinics Backlash to Tubman decision limited, isolated Licensing tax preparers won't help consumers MORE (R-Tenn.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnLawmakers strip criminal penalties from bill aimed at online ticket scalpers GOP women push Trump on VP pick Overnight Healthcare: Senate making headway on Zika funding MORE (R-Tenn.), Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) and Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.).

Fleischmann on Tuesday introduced another bill, H.R. 282, that would allow states to return unwanted federal money to the government for the purpose of deficit reduction. That bill is the Returned Exclusively for Unpaid National Debt (Refund) Act.

"These bills are a step in the right direction toward curbing government spending and shedding light on government waste," he said. "Both issues were priorities in my first term, and I will continue to fight for them in my second."

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