Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas today praised passage of H.R. 2879, the Stop Government Abuse Act. The United States House of Representatives passed the legislation today with a 239 to 176 vote. This bill helps prevent government abuse by setting restraints on a runaway federal government, and giving more freedom to the American citizens.
“I am pleased the House passed this legislation today,” said Lucas. “At a time when Americans are struggling through a weak economy, it is crucial that we find ways to reduce government red tape and prevent abuse from taking place in Washington.
“This legislation would empower the American people by allowing them the freedom to record their in-person and telephone exchanges with federal officials. At times, U.S. citizens deal with harassment while interacting with government agencies. We must make certain Americans have the authority to defend themselves when this type of abuse occurs.
“Additionally, this legislation puts an end to the outrageous bonuses that federal employees have been receiving. At a time when we are facing an enormous deficit, it is important that we exercise restraint in federal spending.
“Lastly, this legislation allows federal agencies to place employees on investigative leave without pay, if they engage in disorderly conduct. Federal employees must always be held accountable for their actions.
“I am pleased H.R. 2879, helps us accomplish the goal of cutting waste and establishing more accountability in Washington, which in-turn creates greater certainty for American citizens. It is my hope that this legislation will be passed in the Senate and signed into law by President Obama.”