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 candidate wants to 'Make America White Again' House passes bill to combat ISIS recruitment online Legislation to combat ISIS propaganda faces pushback from Dems 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 BarlettaUnion leaders see no evidence of migration to Donald Trump Trump Jr. huddles with NRA officials, House Republicans Ryan, Trump set for showdown MORE (R-Pa.), Diane BlackDiane BlackHHS chief meets with House Republicans on abortion dispute House votes to condemn carbon tax JetBlue hires firm to lobby on private airport screening MORE (R-Tenn.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTennessee lawmaker mourns Pat Summitt Don't stop the clock on medical research Why won’t Obama’s FCC leave Us alone? 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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