NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT (MO.)
Senator Blunt Introduces Bill To Increase Transparency For ObamaCare Propaganda, Other Taxpayer-Funded Government Ads
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) reported plans to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on an advertising campaign to sell ObamaCare, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) introduced the “Taxpayer Transparency Act” today – legislation requiring federal agencies to transparently disclose when taxpayer dollars are used to pay for government advertising. Click here to read the bill.
The bill, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.), would require federal agencies to include a disclaimer stating that government ads are “paid for by taxpayers” on printed advertising materials, including newspapers, billboards, flyers, radio, television, and internet communications.
“Americans have a right to know how the federal government is spending their hard-earned taxpayer dollars – especially when that money is being wasted on ObamaCare propaganda,” said Blunt. “This common-sense bill promotes government transparency and accountability by requiring all federal agencies to include disclaimers when advertising materials are paid for on the taxpayers’ dime.”
In FY2013 alone, federal agencies reportedly spent more than $730,000,000 on contracts for “advertising services.” HHS reportedly planned to spend up to $12 million of taxpayer money for ads to promote the disastrous roll-out of ObamaCare – a law that the majority of Americans soundly reject.
U.S. Representative Billy Long (Mo.) introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Taxpayer Transparency Act is supported by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), and other groups.
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