Last year, the House Republicans launched their “YouCut” initiative, encouraging the public to help identify where budget cuts can be made. In keeping with promises to keep reining in the budget, House Republicans are continuing this effort and have asked Congressman Mick Mulvaney to help lead YouCut II.
Each week that the House is in session, the YouCut community will be asked by the House GOP leadership to vote on three spending reduction proposals for introduction in the House with the winning YouCut proposal introduced by the designated Member, with the support of the Majority Leader’s office, which will work to champion the YouCut bills and move them through either in the form of free-standing bills, amendments, or provisions in larger bills. Visitors can then track the legislative progress of the YouCut proposals by visiting the YouCut site.
Mulvaney sees this as a way to help better engage concerned citizens who have ideas on how to control spending by Congress:
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had folks call me and say ‘Did you know that you were spending money on such and such a program.’ There’s no way you could be here in Washington and understand where all the money goes. It’s the folks back home who oftentimes bring them to our attention, bring the wasteful spending to our attention.
Those wanting to follow the YouCut program and get involved can visit the website at http://majorityleader.gov/YouCut.