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Freshman Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has spent his first term trying to shrink the size of government — literally.

As chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, he was behind a recent bill to hasten the disposal of buildings owned by the government that sit vacant, sometimes for decades.

Citing an estimate that the federal government has sold only 82 properties over the last quarter century, Denham said he was “shocked by the waste” he found while crafting the bill.

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