“If America is going to out-innovate the rest of the world, we need a patent system that incentivizes real innovation and provides our inventors with the protections they deserve,” said Franken. “This legislation will aid entrepreneurs in Minnesota and help us create jobs, improving and expanding our state’s economy. And with budgets across the country stretched to the breaking point, this important reform won’t cost taxpayers a penny.”
If fee diversion actually ended, that money has to be made up somewhere, costing taxpayers.
UPDATE. Note the comment below. It remains true that this "important reform," if passed in the current form, would cost taxpayers money, and thus Franken's comment is false. What may happen in the House will not make Franken's comment about S.23 accurate. Whether there should have been fee diversion in the past is a different question.