Fiscal Responsibility

“It is essential that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and effectively, and I will keep working to spur innovation in government, ensure fiscal responsibility, and root out waste, fraud, and abuse.” – Senator Hassan

As the top Democratic Senator on the Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management subcommittee and the Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth subcommittee, Senator Hassan is focused on working across the aisle to promote fiscal responsibility and improve innovation and efficiency within the federal government. She has consistently advocated for increased transparency in federal programs to ensure that federal dollars are being put to their best use.

During her time as Governor, Senator Hassan worked with members of both parties to enact two fiscally responsible, balanced budgets that protected critical economic priorities for Granite Staters while holding the line against a sales or an income tax – and she is taking the same approach to fiscal responsibility in the Senate.

Senator Hassan is working to increase transparency in the federal government by requiring the publication of details, costs, and performance metrics of every federal program above $1 million.

In an effort to strengthen oversight, Senator Hassan supports converting Congress’ annual appropriations process to a two-year budget cycle, with one year for appropriating federal dollars and the other year devoted to oversight of federal programs. In addition, the Senator cosponsored bipartisan legislation that would prevent members of Congress from receiving a paycheck if the two chambers fail to pass a budget. 

In order to make government more efficient, Senator Hassan supported bipartisan legislation – that is now law – to increase oversight of taxpayer dollars by requiring federal agencies to provide an annual report to Congress on the status of recommendations meant to reduce unnecessary spending.

Senator Hassan is also working across the aisle to end senseless government shutdowns, and introduced a bipartisan bill that would provide automatic funding to keep the government’s doors from closing and prevent members of Congress from leaving Washington, DC, until a budget agreement is reached.

Senator Hassan will continue to fight for sound economic policies that support hard-working families and businesses, while ensuring that hard-earned taxpayer dollars are spent with transparency and for a sound purpose.

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