It’s a convention around here—practiced with tongue firmly in cheek—to adamantly support any bill whose title is a clever enough acronym. And we’ve got some good ones this week!
They both were recently scored by the Congressional Budget Office, so they are bills that Congress is serious about considering and potentially passing. We think they must pass, because their titles are so clever.
First up, H.R. 4904, the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2016. You’ve probably noticed its best feature already: the acronym for the bill is “MEGABYTE.”
Some congressional staffers spent some serious time on that one. How many brainstorming sessions do you suppose it took?
H.R. 4904 would amend federal laws related to management of the federal government’s licenses for information technology software. The fedgov spent about $9 billion on software licenses in 2015, so it’s no small matter. As the bill would mostly codify current practice, it’s effect on federal spending is effectively nil.
It’s got a great name. Pass it!
Next, S. 2555, the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act. That’s right, the MOBILE NOW Act.
Pass it, Congress! Pass it! What are you waiting for?!
The bill would authorize various programs and measures related to management of the electromagnetic spectrum. Agencies would prepare reports, develop information for telecom firms, award prizes for advanced technologies, and ensure that certain radio frequencies are made available for commercial uses—all these efforts aimed at delivering better wireless services: MOBILE SOON.
Spending of about $135 million in S. 2555 is equivalent to just under $2 per U.S. family.
This is really Congress at its best—coming up with the cleverest bill names. We wholeheartedly endorse these bills!
Here are the current votes on H.R. 4904, the Making Electronic Government Accountable By Yielding Tangible Efficiencies Act of 2016 and S. 2555, the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki articles on the bills.