WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) praised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for including the formation of a second Grace Commission in his new “Five for Freedom” proposal on his campaign website, which he mentioned during the last Republican primary debate on November, 10, 2015.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed businessman J. Peter Grace to lead the President’s Private Sector Survey on Cost Control. In doing so, President Reagan directed the Grace Commission to “work like tireless bloodhounds to root out government inefficiency and waste of tax dollars.” The commission, which was funded entirely by private contributions, issued its final report in 1984, and made 2,478 recommendations, which would save $424.4 billion over three years, an average of $141.5 billion a year, without eliminating critical services.
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and CCAGW were founded by Grace and the late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jack Anderson in 1984 to continue the fight for fiscal discipline in Washington after President Reagan urged Grace to not let the report “gather dust on a shelf.” Over the past three decades, CAGW and CCAGW have helped save taxpayers $1.4 trillion through the implementation of Grace Commission findings and other cost-cutting recommendations.
CCAGW President Tom Schatz said, “CAGW has been calling for a second Grace Commission for years and the idea has been proposed and modified in various ways. Sen. Cruz should be applauded for being the first 2016 presidential candidate to call for a new Grace Commission and we encourage other candidates to join him.”
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.