Writing today in The Hill, Jonathan Bydlak discusses a new bill that would make it easier for elected officials to know the true cost of their votes.

Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) recently filed a bill that would make ignoring growing deficits a little bit harder.

H.R. 638, the Cost Estimates Improvement Act, would amend the 1974 Budget Act to stipulate that the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation “include costs relating to servicing the public debt” in their estimates of legislation.
It would also require the agency to report when proposed spending is duplicative, something the Government Accountability Office also tracks after the fact.

Read the full piece here.

With SpendingTracker.org, we work every day to ensure politicians are held accountable for the impact of their votes. Bills like Rep. Cloud’s would help to ensure politicians themselves know what that impact will be. We hope Congress will take action on this critical issue.