Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09), and Steve Stivers (OH-15) introduced a bipartisan bill to hold federal officials responsible when they spend taxpayer money illegally.

The Cut the Perks Act, H.R.6295, would require political appointees to personally reimburse the government for illegal expenditures of public money.

Fitzpatrick said, “Any federal government official found to be making illegal taxpayer- funded purchases should be held fully accountable. By making these federal officials personally reimburse the taxpayer, the Cut the Perks Act would begin restoring the essential trust between the American people and their government.”

Fitzpatrick, a former FBI Special Agent in the Political Corruption Unit, said he understands the importance of clean government and anti-corruption efforts to maintaining trust in our government officials.

Under current law, there is no recourse for taxpayers if an Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office determine that a federal official’s expense is illegal. The Cut the Perks Act requires political appointees to personally reimburse the government for the amount of a personal expense if deemed a willful violation of federal law.

Congressmen Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), and David Young (IA-
03) joined Fitzpatrick, Sinema and Stivers to introduce the bill.