Cynthia Lummis

Representing Wyoming

Lummis Bill Freezes Government Sprawl

“We need to focus on growing our economy, not Washington.”

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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 15, 2011 | Hayley Douglass (202.225.2311) | comments

U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) has introduced H.R. 657, the Federal Workforce Reduction Act, which would institute tough measures to halt government growth and produce a smaller, leaner federal workforce.

“For the past two years, President Obama and his Democratic allies have overseen explosive government growth in the name of job creation. Yet, one in nine Americans is still out of work and our country’s debt has surpassed $14 trillion dollars – with each American taxpayer’s share of that debt nearing $45,000. This big government, tax-and-spend approach is not the answer.

 “Small businesses and entrepreneurs must not be crowded out by unchecked government growth. We need to focus on growing our economy, not Washington. 

 “The Federal Workforce Reduction Act aggressively halts the sprawl of government, forces agency heads to make government more efficient, and helps us get back to a people-centered, not government-centered America.”


Since President Obama took office the federal government has hired 185,000 new employees, fueled by a $1.1 trillion stimulus and an 84 percent increase in non-defense discretionary spending.  The Federal Workforce Reduction Act would save taxpayers $35 billion over the next ten years.

The Federal Workforce Reduction Act:

• Places an immediate freeze on non-national security hires for all non-Defense/Homeland Security/Veterans agencies.

• Reduces the size of government by attrition: For every two federal workers that retire or leave service, the government would only hire one replacement.

• Requires the President to establish a competitive process under which all agencies must apply for, and justify new hires.

• Requires regular public disclosure of all new hires, broken down by agency, so America can track the Administration’s hiring priorities.

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Tags: Budget