News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
Accountability Measures Stripped from $87 Billion Bill
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"Congress is about to send billions and billions of dollars to a place where there is no functioning government, under a plan with too little accountability and too few financial controls."   Published: Nov 12 2003

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In terms of sheer size, the $87 billion Iraq spending bill recently approved by Congress is the nation痴 largest ever for war, bigger than the budgets of the Homeland Security and Education Departments combined. With so much at stake, you would think that Congress would have done all it could to ensure that these tens of billions of dollars are scrupulously monitored and wisely spent, with no opportunity for waste, fraud or abuse.

But you would be wrong. While the Iraq spending bill makes some modest progress on accountability,
House and Senate leaders who negotiated the final bill eliminated or weakened more stringent reform measures passed by their colleagues in both chambers. And given the influence of the White House on the final bill, one could reasonably conclude that the Bush administration was wary of many of the accountability measures that Congress originally intended to require. ...
Stripped From The Bill

Consider the reform measures that never made it into the final bill:

GAO audits. ...
Competitive bidding on oil contracts. ...
Penalties for war profiteers. ...

Lax Oversight
And even when House and Senate negotiators did see their way clear to approving reform provisions, what they approved was often flawed. ...

Why the White House and key Republican leaders would be opposed to more accountability for this huge spending bill is hard to understand.
But we at Common Cause will continue to monitor the spending in Iraq, to work in coalition with other groups to press the government to report what it is doing fully and completely ...
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