Walker's Bill to Cut DHS Waste Passes Senate
WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed companion legislation to a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) to combat government waste, fraud and abuse. The Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1640) had previously passed unanimously in the U.S. House in June 2015.
“Accountability is a fundamental aspect of a citizen-ruled government and something that our constituents expect their representatives to uphold,” Walker said. “I’m pleased that the Senate has stood with the House by passing the DHS Headquarters Consolidation Accountability Act with strong bipartisan support. This bill continues to demonstrate my commitment to holding Washington accountable, cutting wasteful government spending, and ensuring our children are left with opportunity, not excessive debt,” Walker added.
Since 2006, the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration have been working towards completing a consolidated headquarters. However, as with many other federal projects, the consolidation has run up against cost overruns and construction delays – at times estimated to be more than $1 billion over budget and 12 years behind schedule.
This bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Administrator of General Services, to investigate and submit a report on the estimated costs and property needs of the project. The bill now moves to the House for a final vote before heading to the President’s desk.