Georgia Rep. John Barrow: We Need Less Government Limos

Monday, 31 Mar 2014 10:26 PM

By Jason Devaney

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One House Democrat has an idea to keep government spending in check: Use less limousines.

Rep. John Barrow of Georgia outlines how he thinks the government can save some money on his website.  And in bill H.R. 4331, Barrow proposes to slash the government fleet of limousines in half.

"For fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter, the number of limousines in the Federal fleet shall not exceed 50 percent of the number of limousines in the Federal fleet as of the last day of fiscal year 2014," the bill reads.

Barrow's bill does contain an exemption for national security reasons, saying the law "shall not apply with respect to any limousine determined by the President to be essential for reasons of national security."

On his website, Barrow claims there were around 250 limousines in the federal government's 2012 vehicle fleet.

Other ideas that Barrow proposes include getting rid of a Department of Defense program that works with Hollywood to produce shows ($30 million), cutting tax deductions for legal brothels ($17.5 million), and placing more stringent restrictions on government travel — especially the use of first or business class plane tickets.

"With so much partisanship in Congress, we sometimes forget that there are places where Republicans and Democrats can find agreement," Barrow writes. "In 2013, both parties came together to prevent another government shutdown and put us on a long-term path towards deficit reduction.

"That got me thinking — if folks can agree on that plan, surely we can get a coalition of members of Congress together to cut some of the most wasteful spending we have in the federal government."

Barrow calls his comprehensive plan "Barrow's H.O.T.line," which stands for "Helping Out the Taxpayers." He invites people to reach out to him with their ideas on how to cut wasteful spending.

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