Skelton says IMPROVE Act could save billions of Defense Department dollars
By: Press Office of U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton
Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 29, 2010) — Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 5013, the IMPROVE Acquisition Act.
“For too many years, waste in the Department of Defense’s purchasing system has placed a heavy burden on both our military and the Missouri taxpayer. The bipartisan reforms approved today will allow our troops to get the tools they need — without dangerous delays — while also saving American tax dollars by the billions,” said Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.).
This bipartisan legislation would cut waste, fraud, and abuse out of the Department of Defense’s purchasing process — potentially saving over $100 billion over the next five years — and speed the delivery of the right gear to warfighters on the battlefield.
The measure was approved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 417 to 3. The measure must be passed by the Senate and signed by the President to become law.
Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.