House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy plans a sweeping legislative agenda for 2015 that includes eliminating scores of reports to Congress that existing laws require from federal agencies.
In a memo sent Tuesday to all GOP House members, the California Republican leader wrote that “every week seems to bring a new revelation of government agencies failing to accomplish their core functions.”
Specifically, McCarthy pointed to the Obama administration’s handling — or, as Republicans see it, mishandling — of issues like the Veterans Administration’s struggles, the botched Obamacare website launch, “a failed strategy to confront Ebola,” and a foreign policy approach under which “nobody thinks America is safer or stronger than we were six years ago.”
Some form of the word “reform” appears 14 times in a memo that fills up less than three pages.
The 2015 agenda-setting memo references “inefficient, ineffective and incompetent federal agencies” and a need to “make government work.”
“We must work to end this cycle of failings and make government functional again,” states the memo. “A portion of our 2015 legislative agenda will focus on reforming and streamlining federal agencies so government works as it should.”
Part of that will be legislation designed to make the federal government smaller.
“It is important to emphasize that we want our government to be competent not just for competency’s sake,” McCarthy wrote. “Rather, the government’s role in our lives must be measured, limited in its ambitions, constitutionally based, and focused on the big things that only governments can address.