Coats Notes: Waste of the Week

Senator Dan Coats
2015-02-27 17:39:20
A message from Senator Dan Coats <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/coats_ topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Waste of the Week <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15903.18995127.5599115.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dky0HaRTqc4Q> Every month, I receive hundreds of letters and emails from Hoosiers asking me about Washington's spending problem. They tell me: if we have to balance and live within our budgets, why doesn't the federal government? They're right. When taxpayers send their hard-earned money to Washington, it is our job to be responsible stewards of those funds. This year alone our government is projected to run a $468 billion deficit. Some may say that this is a revenue problem, but our tax revenues are above historic averages. This is a spending problem. In the past, I have offered amendments or supported legislation to cut spending. This week I launched a new initiative I am calling "Waste of the Week." I plan to go to the Senate floor every week and highlight real examples of Washington's waste, simple ways that we can reduce the burden of debt on future generations. My first "Waste of the Week" speech looked at double dipping. Some individuals have figured out how to game the system that has been put into place to assist Americans who have fallen on hard times. They tell one part of the government that they are disabled and cannot work and another that they are looking for work but cannot find employment. As a result, these individuals are able to collect both Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance. This should not be possible. Getting rid of this loophole could save American taxpayers $5.7 billion, and I am supporting legislation to do just that. Washington has a spending problem. I know it, and you know it. By laying out simple ways to cut Washington's waste, I hope that eventually these small solutions might add up to big savings for the American taxpayer. To listen to my speech on the Senate floor about "Waste of the Week," click on the image or here. <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15903.18995127.5599115.7189397&redirect=https%3a%2f%2fwww.yout ube.com%2fwatch%3fv%3dky0HaRTqc4Q> _____ DHS Funding, Obama Executive Amnesty Votes I hoped that we could address homeland security funding and President Obama's executive amnesty together, but not one Senate Democrat was willing to support a homeland security funding bill that stopped the president's illegal actions. The unwillingness of Senate Democrats to debate, let alone vote on, the DHS funding bill passed by the House created a no-win situation. With DHS funding expiring at midnight Friday night, senators were forced to choose between funding our homeland security priorities or shutting down this important department. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently stated that today we face the most diverse threats he has seen in his fifty-one years in the intelligence business. Given these realities, we must fund the Department of Homeland Security at this critical time. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware of the level of threats that currently exist and the need to do everything we can to protect the American people from an attack. I remain steadfastly opposed to President Obama's executive amnesty and will support additional legislative efforts to prevent his unconstitutional actions. A federal district court has already ruled that President Obama acted unlawfully and blocked implementation of his amnesty order, providing another avenue to address his actions. Coats in the News Coats Opposes FCC Plan to Regulate Internet <outreach.senate.gov/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx s-iq&crop=15903.18995127.5599115.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.coats senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-opposes-fcc-plan-to-reg ulate-internet> DC Report: Sen. 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Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback.

Thanks for reading,
Dan Coats


Waste of the Week
 

Every month, I receive hundreds of letters and emails from Hoosiers asking me about Washington’s spending problem. They tell me: if we have to balance and live within our budgets, why doesn’t the federal government?

They’re right. When taxpayers send their hard-earned money to Washington, it is our job to be responsible stewards of those funds. This year alone our government is projected to run a $468 billion deficit. Some may say that this is a revenue problem, but our tax revenues are above historic averages. This is a spending problem.

In the past, I have offered amendments or supported legislation to cut spending. This week I launched a new initiative I am calling “Waste of the Week.” I plan to go to the Senate floor every week and highlight real examples of Washington’s waste, simple ways that we can reduce the burden of debt on future generations.

My first “Waste of the Week” speech looked at double dipping. Some individuals have figured out how to game the system that has been put into place to assist Americans who have fallen on hard times. They tell one part of the government that they are disabled and cannot work and another that they are looking for work but cannot find employment.  

As a result, these individuals are able to collect both Unemployment Insurance and Disability Insurance. This should not be possible. Getting rid of this loophole could save American taxpayers $5.7 billion, and I am supporting legislation to do just that.

Washington has a spending problem. I know it, and you know it. By laying out simple ways to cut Washington’s waste, I hope that eventually these small solutions might add up to big savings for the American taxpayer.

To listen to my speech on the Senate floor about “Waste of the Week,” click on the image or  


DHS Funding, Obama Executive Amnesty Votes
 
I hoped that we could address homeland security funding and President Obama’s executive amnesty together, but not one Senate Democrat was willing to support a homeland security funding bill that stopped the president’s illegal actions. The unwillingness of Senate Democrats to debate, let alone vote on, the DHS funding bill passed by the House created a no-win situation. With DHS funding expiring at midnight Friday night, senators were forced to choose between funding our homeland security priorities or shutting down this important department.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently stated that today we face the most diverse threats he has seen in his fifty-one years in the intelligence business. Given these realities, we must fund the Department of Homeland Security at this critical time. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I am keenly aware of the level of threats that currently exist and the need to do everything we can to protect the American people from an attack.

I remain steadfastly opposed to President Obama’s executive amnesty and will support additional legislative efforts to prevent his unconstitutional actions. A federal district court has already ruled that President Obama acted unlawfully and blocked implementation of his amnesty order, providing another avenue to address his actions.

Coats in the News

Coats Opposes FCC Plan to Regulate Internet

DC Report: Sen. Coats expresses frustrations

Reaction to the death of Father Hesburgh

Coats to speak weekly on waste

Indiana to receive Cyber Protection team


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Coats with Hoosiers

Members of the Indiana American Legion and I discussed issues facing veterans.
 
I talked to members of the Indiana Farm Bureau.
 
Ann Brown of Indianapolis stopped by for a tour of the Capitol.
  
I addressed the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce during their annual trip to DC.
 

 
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