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Ayotte Backs 'Just Google It Act' To Eliminate Government Agency

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New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte is joining with three fellow Republicans to introduce legislation to eliminate what they view as an outdated and duplicative government agency.

The bill, dubbed the "Just Google It Act," would eliminate the National Technical Information Services. Ayotte and her co-sponsors say the agency prints and sells copies of government documents that can be found for free online through a simple search.

The other sponsors are Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. Ayotte previously introduced similar legislation with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Ayotte says there's no justification for funding an agency whose mission is no longer necessary. The Department of Commerce estimates the agency will have an operating cost of $170 million this year.

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