FACT FINDER: Could cutting waste stop sequestration?

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Updated: 2/27/2013 5:19 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV& MyNew4.com) - Since sequester started being a normal part of our vocabulary, just about every national leader has come up with their own way to curb government waste.

Oklahoman Senator Tom Coburn, for example, wonders why taxpayers are funding 21 nearly identical nationwide programs to help the homeless. He says this is just a small example of duplicate spending which cost America at least 200 billion dollars in extra overhead annually.

“That's 1 percent of our deficit this year. so the question you have to ask, where is congress? Why aren't they doing something on this?” he said.

From the repeat of needed programs to questions about why even one of these exists - Nevada's own Representative Mark Amodei tweeted out: "#cutwaste DOD spends $5.2 million to determine what lessons about democracy and social decision-making could be learned from fish #notajoke"

Also not funny - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says new information shows in 2011, the feds made $115 billion in improper benefit payments.

Other representatives over at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are dialing in on technology overspending - saying in a video posted online the government wasted 20 billion last year on bad purchases.

All total these ideas could save almost half-a-trillion dollars, and that's just a handful of law markers' two cents. Think what else might be out there.

If know of an area of wasteful spending that can be cut, please send News 4 an e-mail to FactFinder@mynews.4com.
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