When George H. W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States, Congress passed legislation that required annual audits of all federal agencies. To date, the Pentagon is the only agency not to have completed one.
Late last month, Reps. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Michael Burgess (R-TX) introduced the Audit the Pentagon Act—H.R. 3079. The bill, which has 33 cosponsors in the House, would reduce the Department of Defense budget by half a percent every year that it fails to be audited.
Its supporters include conservatives like Rep. Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) and liberals like Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Jim McGovern (D-MA).
In a time of $20 trillion debt calls for a nearly $700 billion Defense budget, taxpayers should insist that every department — especially the Pentagon — is being run as efficiently as possible and that each dollar is scrutinized.
This bill may not be a fix-all for the Pentagon, but it is a good start to increasing efficiency and transparency. National security is the number-one priority for the government, and fiscal conservatives should push for reforms that prioritize defending our nation and ensuring that our military is as effective as possible, while taking on waste and watching out for our wallets.