The U.S. government has over 8,100 Public Buildings Service leases and 1,500 government owned buildings. With all the recent rightsizing activities much of this space is now available. Rather than the wholesale selling of these properties, they will be rented to corporations and lobbyists that do business with the government.

An exciting development with the reduction of the Senate and House of Representatives is that they will now both use the House of Representatives chambers. This leaves the Senate chambers available for rent. Local Universities Georgetown and George Washington have both expressed interest in holding classes in the chambers. Di Giorno exclaims “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to attend classes in an environment steeped in our country’s history.”

Many citizens are satisfied by the turn around in the government. Publik stated “Rather than cost us money they are finally figuring out how to be a profit center where they can pay for themselves rather than a burden to us taxpayers.”

Arthur Anderson was commissioned to analyze the current structure of the Senate and determined it can be reduced by half. Dunncan said, “Basically every state has two Senators and the same representation can be provided by one Senator.” Total savings include Senator’s Official Personnel and Office Expense Account of $3,206,825 (an average) and a salary of $171,315 which totals to savings of nearly $84 million per year ($3,378,140 * 25).

The most exciting savings will come from the House of Representatives where it was determined that the workforce could be reduced by two-thirds from 435 to 145 Representatives. Total savings include Members’ representational allowance of $1,446,009 and a salary of $172,500 which is a savings of 469 million per year ($1,618,009 * 290).

Some may wonder how the Senate  and House of Representatives workforce can be reduced without changing the constitution. Thomas said “For the Senate It really depends upon how you interpret the Constitution, every State is entitled to two Senators, that doesn’t mean that you have to fill them.”

Things are easier for the House of Representatives where the apportionment act can be used to by the House to reduce their membership. We think this is a no brainer for the current Republican majority who see the wisdom and savings in reducing their numbers.

The initial downsizing is where the difficult decisions will need to be made. Dunncan stated that Anderson has come up with a formula using total corporate donations, lobbyist contributions and laws passed that are pro-business to determine which Congressional members will be eliminated.

Anderson received 553 million in consulting fees for the analysis and reduction formula. They stand to earn an additional 553 million once the changes are implemented. When asked to justify these payments Wade stated “revenue generated in this transaction is equal to a two year ROI which is an excellent value for the money spent.”