WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jeff Denham, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, submitted a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. The letter urges the Joint Select Committee to include Denham’s bill, the Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA), written in bipartisan fashion, as part of their proposal to meet the minimum $1.2 trillion deficit reduction goal outlined in the Budget Control Act.
There are tens of thousands of underused or vacant properties across the country that if sold, could result in $15 billion in taxpayer savings, according to the Office of Management and Budget. Under current law, there is no guarantee that these valuable properties will be sold, Denham's office said in a news release. Denham’s bill takes politics out of the process and eliminates the red tape that continues to obstruct the sale or consolidation of these buildings and is standing in the way of immediate taxpayer savings, according to the release.
“One thing that we should all agree on is that the sale of unneeded federal property is one of the few bi-partisan ways to save taxpayer dollars,” Denham, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management wrote in the letter dated Oct. 14.
In February, acting as chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, Denham first proposed a civilian BRAC commission to overcome these obstacles and shrink the footprint of the federal government. In May, Denham introduced The Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA) (H.R. 1734) which passed the full Transportation and Infrastructure committee last week.
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According to his office, Denham’s Civilian Property Realignment Act (CPRA):
- Takes politics out of the process
- Literally shrinks the size of government
- Employs common sense solutions to begin to reduce our 14.3 trillion dollar deficit.
- Solution to save taxpayer dollars without raising taxes.