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New Report: Trump, Congress Can Save $136 Billion for Taxpayers with These Changes

An annual report from the government’s accountability office identified $136 billion in savings, more than twice the cuts President Trump proposed in his budget this year.

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The Trump administration and Congress can work together to save taxpayers $136 billion, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released on Wednesday.

The annual report identified “645 actions in 249 areas for Congress or executive branch agencies to reduce, eliminate, or better manage” the federal government. GAO found many government programs overlap with other programs, and that eliminating or merging these programs will save hundreds of billions for taxpayers.

Notably, the $136 billion is more than twice the amount of cuts President Trump proposed for federal agencies in his 2018 budget proposal. Put another way, taking these actions would pay for Trump’s proposed defense spending increase ($54 billion), with another $82 billion to spare.

This is the seventh edition of the GAO’s annual study of government waste. Congress and the White House saved taxpayers $75 billion from 2010 through 2016 by taking GAO’s recommendations.