Representative Gosar Introduces “YouCut” Legislation to Remove Wasteful Federal Spending Program

Aug 6, 2012 Issues: Spending Cuts and Debt



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Representative Gosar Introduces “YouCut” Legislation to Remove Wasteful Federal Spending Program

Washington, D.C.—Late last week, U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced H.R. 6321, legislation that would repeal the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Act.  This legislation would save the federal government $4.5 million over ten years. 

“Just as Christopher Columbus and his crew threw unnecessary goods off their ship to withstand dangerous waters, so too must America stop paying for extraneous expenses that contribute to the national debt,” said Congressman Gosar.  “I came to Congress to cut spending and reduce the size of government. The Christopher Columbus Foundation, while an admirable program, costs the taxpayer money and its mission is not within the constitutional scope of the federal government.” 

Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is an independent federal government agency established to "encourage and support research, study and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor for the benefit of mankind.”  The original act, passed by Congress in 1992, established a fund through the sale of commemorative coins for a research foundation.  However, once the coins stopped being sold, the program became paid for by taxpayers, which was never intended.  

Congressman Gosar’s legislation is sponsored by the YouCut program. YouCut enables all Americans to vote weekly online between three different pieces of legislation that cut government spending, and the proposed cut that receives the most online votes is introduced by a Member of Congress.

As a small business owner Congressman Gosar remains committed to reining in federal spending and stopping the growing deficit.