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Let's Cut Some Spending: Billions to pay for empty government buildings

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Remember the absolutely critical Omnibus spending bill Congress muscled through at the end of last year? It was 4,000 pages that no one read and cost taxpayers $1.7 trillion.

In our Let's Cut Some Spending series, ForAmerica will chronicle parts of the 2021 and 2022 spending bills from a variety of sources that you probably don't know about - programs, grants and spending of all kinds that should have never happened in the first place and many that are still happening.

Today’s offering: Billions to pay for empty government buildings!

Sen. Wicker writes at DeSoto County News:

It seems that members of the president’s administration are gaining newfound understanding of a long-running trend. Remote government work policies have increased wasteful spending and decreased federal productivity. A recent report by the independent Government Accountability Office found that none of the 24 federal agencies surveyed occupied more than 50 percent of their headquarters’ office space in Washington, D.C. – even as the government paid to keep them open. This wastes taxpayer funds. Every year, it costs about $2 billion to maintain government-owned office buildings and approximately $5 billion to lease work space. The government has kept paying these bills even as employees work at home.

So many members of Team Biden working from home now and we have to keep paying for the government work spaces they once occupied.

If that isn't symbolic of how much this administration is willing to screw the American taxpayer, we don't know what is.

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