Congressman Clay Higgins has the least seniority of any member of Congress. It has not stopped from becoming one of the most effective members on The Hill.
In an interview with The Hayride, Higgins said he was motivated to bring the bill in order to be a better steward of the public’s treasure. The bill creates additional accountability in the Department of Homeland Security for all purchases greater than $300 million. According to a Higgins press release, examples of those programs are the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Passenger Screening Program, the National Cybersecurity Protection System, the Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP) Integrated Fixed Towers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Logistics Supply Chain Management System.
The Higgins bill designates the DHS’s Under Secretary for Management as the Chief Acquisition Officer for the department. It gives that person the authority to delegate a specific program to senior officials. It also has measures in the bill to encourage cost savings.
Higgins was quick not to take sole credit for his bill. He was full of praise for his Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. “God blessed me with great people,” said Higgins about his staff. He gave them the credit for helping to draft the bill and for helping him to promote Constitutional principles on The Hill.
If the Senate takes up Higgins’s bill, it should not have a problem passing. It’s a non-controversial good government bill that should get support on both sides of the isle.