Sinema-backed bills make government work better for everyday Arizonans
WASHINGTON – The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed three bills sponsored by Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema with bipartisan support – the SMART Leasing Act, Guidance Clarity Act, and Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act. All three pieces of legislation make the government more efficient and effective by enhancing public communication and providing flexibility to federal agencies.
“By working with colleagues in both parties, we’re making the government more efficient and effective for everyday Arizonans – saving taxpayers’ hard-earned money, cutting government waste, and helping Arizonans build better lives for themselves and their families,” said Sinema, Chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s Government Operations Subcommittee.
Sinema’s SMART Leasing Act – bipartisan legislation she introduced along with Senators Gary Peters (D-Mich.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) – creates a pilot program allowing federal agencies the freedom to sublease underutilized property to generate revenue that would fund maintenance, revitalization, and improvements. This bipartisan legislation expands the successful NASA program and is expected to provide millions of dollars for federal agencies to reinvest in their facilities, at no cost to Arizona taxpayers. The SMART Leasing Act would help realize the full potential of the federal government’s assets and promote the efficient use of American tax dollars.
The Senator’s Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act – bipartisan legislation she introduced with Senator Lankford – increases transparency by requiring each federal agency’s proposed regulation be accompanied with a 100-word plain language summary.
The bipartisan Guidance Clarity Act requires federal agencies to provide clear notice when documents that assist the public in understanding a regulation are not legally binding, helping small businesses and everyday Arizonans keep up with changing government guidelines.