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Press Release

    Letter to Congress: Inject Market Forces into Govt Services

    July 9, 2004

    Dear Congressman,

    Competitive sourcing is vital to limiting the size of government. It allows the private sector to offer more cost-effective alternatives for those commercial jobs performed by bureaucrats. Just like in the real world, the highest-value service receives the contract. Regardless of whether the government continues to perform the service or a private company takes over, cost savings are achieved in the process and taxpayers can breathe a little easier.

    Injecting free market forces into government services acts as a catalyst for cost reduction and more sensible government. We see a direct correlation between an increase in competitive sourcing and a reduction of government expenditures and pressure for higher taxes. The same services that the government now provides will be done with greater quality, efficiency and (best of all) at a lower cost to the taxpayer.

    We support the passage of legislation that encourages competitive sourcing and oppose amendments and legislation that undermine it. Our organizations have or will key vote competitive sourcing votes as an important component of our annual ratings. Exposing and eliminating inefficient and ineffective government expenditures is your responsibility to the American taxpayer. Competitive sourcing is one of the best ways to protect taxpayers against government waste.
    Sincerely,

    Grover Norquist President
    Americans for Tax Reform

    Thomas Schatz Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

    Richard Lessner American Conservative Union

    John Berthoud
    National Taxpayers Union

    Matt Kibbe
    President
    Citizens for a Sound Economy

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    National Federation of Independent Business