To ‘End the Absurdity’ of Wasteful Military Spending, Sanders Introduces Bill to Audit the Pentagon
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“The Pentagon and the military industrial complex have been plagued by a massive amount of waste, fraud, and financial mismanagement for decades. That is absolutely unacceptable,” the Vermont Independent said Wednesday in a statement.
“If we are serious about spending taxpayer dollars wisely and effectively, we have got to end the absurdity of the Pentagon being the only agency in the federal government that has not passed an independent audit,” he added. “The time is long overdue for Congress to hold the Defense Department to the same level of accountability as the rest of the government. That is the very least we can do.”
Under the bill (pdf)—which is co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) and comes one week after Sanders led a hearing on waste and fraud at the Pentagon—each branch of the military and office of the DOD that fails an independent audit would return 1% of its annual budget to the Treasury.
That could amount to a substantial sum of money, given that the Pentagon receives hundreds of billions of dollars in funding each year despite ample evidence of its widespread accounting abuses. Last month, President Joe Biden proposed a $715 billion budget for the Pentagon for fiscal year 2021—an increase from the current $704 billion level approved by Congress under former President Donald Trump.
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May 20, 2021 at 12:36 PM #424415jwirrParticipant
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The last time that I heard of anyone auditing the Pentagon was way back in the 70s and that story talked about how they only ended up auditing part of it because of all the secret programs that they have. BUT it would be better to get that far again instead of letting a whole section of the government run unchecked.
May 20, 2021 at 1:06 PM #424424NV WinoModerator
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May 20, 2021 at 9:54 PM #4245233fingerbrownParticipant
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Another reminder of how spinelessly weak our elected representatives are that they are too scared to examine the budget of our most corrupt institution, which is one of their sworn duties.
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