Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne Introduces Sunset Act to Make Government More Efficient

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Apr 23, 2015
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) today introduced legislation designed to eliminate unnecessary federal agencies and make the federal government more efficient.

The Sunset Inefficient and Unaccountable Government Act, known as the Sunset Act, would require the over 275 government departments, agencies and boards to be reviewed and renewed once every ten years.  The legislation would exempt departments and agencies essential to national security.

Byrne, a former state senator, modeled his bill after a similar law in his home state of Alabama.

Byrne said: “Our Founding Fathers would be appalled to see the endless maze of agencies that the federal government has become. Our government is in desperate need of reform and a return to our basic responsibilities. The Washington bureaucracy has become too big, and the heavy hand of government is hurting the American taxpayers.

“It is time we rein in the federal government, and the Sunset Act would pave the way for much needed reforms. My bill would require Congress to renew all federal agencies on a staggered basis every 10 years. Without renewal, the agencies will cease to exist. Under this legislation, Congress will be forced to study and review the bloated federal government and get serious about ending unnecessary or duplicative federal agencies.”

“Washington could benefit from some Alabama commonsense, and I look forward to building support for my legislation in Congress.”