Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Congress has done it again.
They have quietly added a provision to the Iraq bill to bar the inspector general from auditing reconstruction spending.
This, "just two weeks after an American contractor was convicted for admitting a multi-million dollar bribe-for-jobs scheme in Iraq."
According to the Wall Street Journal: "Exactly how and why the change was made isn't clear. Republican Appropriations Committee aides say legislators shifted the Iraq money to the foreign operations accounts at the request of the White House, not to curb oversight. They say administration officials sought the change to streamline accounting so the Iraq reconstruction would be incorporated into the State Department's operations and budget rather than kept in stand-alone accounts."
Read more here and here.