ATR Supports Calls for a New Grace Commission

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Posted by Katie McAuliffe on Thursday, February 4th, 2021, 3:20 PM PERMALINK

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans for Tax Reform wrote a letter asking all members of Congress to support the bipartisan effort of Congressmen Jack Bergman (R–MI) and Edward Case (D–HI) to reconvene President Reagan’s cost-saving Grace Commission. 

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform said:

The "Grace Commission" in the 1980s was a great example of common sense, bi-partisanship and public service by Americans from all walks of life.  It is a model of what works.  Success is always worth repeating.

The Grace Commission, or The President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (PPSSCC), brought together 2,000 Americans from all walks of life to figure out ways the federal government could reduce wasteful spending. The Commission produced 2,478 recommendations that could have saved taxpayers over $420 billion if fully implemented. 

With government spending at unprecedented levels while the effects of COVID-19 wreak havoc on our economy, its time citizens join together once again find sensible solutions to make our government work for us again. 

You can read the letter below or click HERE for a downloadable version.

February 1, 2021

Dear Representatives:

I urge you to support the bipartisan initiative by Representatives Jack Bergman and Ed Case to reconvene a President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control (PPSSCC), by joining their letter to President Joe Biden.

The PPSSCC would serve as an advisory committee to investigate and report on opportunities for the federal government to cut waste and curb inefficiencies. It would be fully funded by the private sector at no cost to taxpayers.

The PPSSCC was first created by Executive Order 12369, signed by President Ronald Reagan in June of 1982. Known as the “Grace Commission”, this body pulled together over 2000 private citizens of all backgrounds to produce 2,478 recommendations that could have saved $424.4 billion if they had been fully implemented.

Recommendations could be as simple as setting printer defaults to printing two-sided documents instead of one-sided and examining regulations that were foregone during the pandemic to see if they should be permanently removed.

With record national debt, an understanding of the effects of regulation, and the sobering economic impacts of COVID-19, the federal government needs a rejuvenated effort by its citizens to control the cost of government, for its citizens.

We hope that you support will this initiative by joining their letter requesting that the Biden Administration reconvene the PPSSCC. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me or our Director of Federal Policy, Katie McAuliffe at kmcauliffe@atr.org

Onward,

Grover G. Norquist President Americans for Tax Reform

Photo Credit: Peter Souza

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