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Rutherford Scores Another Win as DHS Reform Bill Passes House Unopposed

June 21, 2017 - 1:15pm

Freshman U.S. Rep. John Rutherford, R-Fla., who sits on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, scored another win in his efforts to reform the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week as the U.S. House passed a reform measure from him without opposition. 

The House passed Rutherford’s “Streamlining DHS Overhead Act” on Tuesday. Rutherford’s bill ensures DHS consolidates leases and real estate costs when appropriate to reduce spending. The First Coast Republican noted that DHS, currently the third largest federal department, spends $2 billion annually on more than 100 million square feet of space to house more than 20 federal entities. Noting the continued growth of the department, Rutherford insisted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars could be saved with his proposed reforms. 

 “The passage of H.R. 2190 will allow the Department of Homeland Security to improve its operations, increase its accountability, and promote efficiencies to better employ its resources,” Rutherford said on Wednesday. “DHS’s properties represent billions of dollars in spending, but its leadership has continued to struggle with asset integration and management. H.R. 2190 will ensure taxpayer dollars are not wasted, while allowing DHS to better focus on its mission of securing the homeland. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for supporting this important piece of legislation and look forward to seeing further improvements at DHS.”

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate  where there is currently no version of Rutherford’s bill.  

Rutherford had U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, as a co-sponsor of the bill. This is not the first time Rutherford and McCaul have teamed up to reform the DHS. Rutherford teamed up with McCaul in March to unveil the “Reducing Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Cost Growth Act.” According to Rutherford’s office,  this legislation would “hold DHS agencies more accountable in administering their major acquisition programs and would give Congress greater oversight of troubled programs to prevent wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars by agencies like the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).” The House passed the bill without opposition towards the end of March. 

During his first five months in Congress, Rutherford, a career law enforcement office who served three terms as sheriff of Duval County, has taken a large role on homeland security issues, including being appointed by McCaul onto the newly formed  Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry into the United States. 


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Thank you Congressman Rutherford for looking out for the taxpayer.

This is nothing new. The bill states that Congress will have oversight of the spending... Just another way for them to give contracts and kick backs to those who are paying the bills. Nothing more than legalized racketeering, right under your very noses...

I really do not understand why you are opposed to any attempt to reduce needless spending. Maybe you are one of those that does not pay taxes.

Don't tout his background as a Law Officer, let alone his 3 terms as sheriff. A sheriff is a politician so this position is no different. As for wasteful spending .... Did you actually write that the legislation would give CONGRESS greater oversight to prevent wasteful spending. Think about that line! CONGRESS is going to PREVENT wasteful spending?

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