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 BarlettaTrump Jr. huddles with NRA officials, House Republicans Ryan, Trump set for showdown Trump snags third House committee chair endorsement MORE (R-Pa.), Diane BlackDiane BlackFight brews over forcing library to use ‘illegal alien’ Watchdog: Group broke federal law escorting women to abortion clinics Backlash to Tubman decision limited, isolated MORE (R-Tenn.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha Blackburn178 Dems demand end to Planned Parenthood probe Carson: 'I would not want to be on the ticket or in the Cabinet’ Sunday shows preview: Sanders opens up about battle with Clinton 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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