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 BarlettaSigns of change from Trump Poor polling highlights Trump challenges in swing states Trump aims to win over GOP with Pence pick MORE (R-Pa.), Diane BlackDiane BlackGOP Rep. Black wins primary fight House approves bill to shield anti-abortion healthcare workers Conscience rights under threat in US MORE (R-Tenn.), Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnGrowth of red tape outpaces economy IRS chief refers GOP allegations against Clinton Foundation to internal office Five ways Trump’s convention was a success 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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