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Pompeo wants to shut down the Economic Development Administration

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo wants to shut down a government agency that was intended to spur growth in economically troubled areas.

Pompeo’s House Resolution 661 would eliminate the Economic Development Administration, a bureau of the U.S. Department of Commerce established in 1965.

In a release Thursday, Pompeo’s office called the EDA “one of our nation’s largest wealth redistribution programs.”

“Since 2007 the EDA has spent over $2.4 billion of taxpayer dollars on pork barrel projects around the country,” Pompeo said in a statement. “The EDA has long been an object of bipartisan scorn, spending taxpayer dollars on failed attempts to create jobs through a Washington-knows-best mindset.”

According to the release, the legislation is being backed by several influential conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, and Heritage Action.

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