Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the introduction of the Modernizing Government Technology Act sponsored by Congressman Will Hurd (TX-23):

“Technology has rapidly improved our lives – making it easier to look for a job, do a job, connect with family and friends, and perform even the most dreaded tasks, like filing taxes. But as our lives race further into the digital age, the information systems that command how government serves the people are stuck in the past. For instance, the benefits delivery network at the Veterans Administration—which tracks claims filed by veterans for benefits, eligibility, and dates of death—is over fifty years old. This example is just a fraction of the systemic problem. Eighty percent of the government’s $80 billion IT budget is spent on managing legacy systems rather than upgrading to state-of-the-art technology. Will Hurd’s legislation restructures the governments’ flawed approach to IT and could set off a new era of constituent-first government service. This legislation is fundamental to achieve the Innovation Initiative’s goal to modernize government, and I will schedule it for floor consideration as soon as it advances from the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.”