Senators Enzi and McCain reintroduce the Coins Act to save billions in taxpayer dollars
U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and John McCain, R-Ariz., recently reintroduced the Currency Optimization, Innovation, and National Savings Act of 2017 (COINS Act), legislation that would modernize our currency by moving to a $1 dollar coin, reduce the cost of nickel production and suspend the minting of the penny, which currently costs more than one cent to produce. These money-saving reforms, which have been studied and supported by the non-partisan Government Accountability Office, could generate up to $16 billion in taxpayer savings.
“Change can be hard sometimes, but switching to a dollar coin could save our country $150 million a year,” said Senator Enzi. “Our country is in a difficult financial position because we didn’t value the cost of the dollars we spent. We can’t afford to keep that up, and these innovative opportunities are a way to save taxpayer money that is really just being wasted with each new dollar we print and penny we mint.”
“With our country facing $20 trillion in debt, Congress must act to protect the American taxpayer,” said Senator McCain. “By reforming and modernizing America’s outdated currency system, this commonsense bill would bring about billions in savings without raising taxes.”