Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Democrats, Moderate Republicans Reverse Conservatives' Plan To Eliminate Iraq Inspector General

The Senate approved an amendment yesterday to extend the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, an office that has unearthed millions of dollars in waste and fraud.

The amendment, written by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), gives the office a one-year extension, through October, 2008.

"That office has been enormously effective as a watchdog," Collins said in an interview with the Associated Press. "It's inconceivable to me that we would allow it to expire prematurely when literally billions of dollars are still being spent on Iraqi reconstruction projects."

As JABBS noted last month, Congressional conservatives had set the earlier termination date at the behest of the Bush administration, presumably to remove the source of a series of audit reports that have been critical of the administration's efforts.

At the time, it was clear that Democrats -- who support such fact-finding missions over empty conservative spin that money is being spent wisely -- supported the inspector general, Stuart W. Bowen, Jr. Senate Democrats backed an amendment written by Collins that would have given Bowen authority over about $6 billion of new funds for Iraq. But that plan was nixed by House Republicans, led by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).


Blogger thewaronterrible said...

The shift in political winds is already doing some good.
I challenge any Republican or Bushie apologist posting here to come up with ANY reason why the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction post should be eliminated.
Upon convening in January, I think the Democratic majority in Congress should make an investigation into war profiteering and wasteful government spending in Iraq top priorities.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous warrens said...

This is great news

With this bunch of fascists running things, Inspectors General are the only thing keeping them honest. The IGs at FDA and USDA have hammered the agencies for defying real science to play politics and absolutely humiliated USDA for covering up a case of mad cow disease. The IG there, Phylis Fong, consistently goes after them, and they end up having to admit she's right. With Dems running committees next year, watch for a BUNCH of this skullduggery to be exposed.

3:15 PM  

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