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Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:06 PM

Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-17/trillions-in-stimulus-go-unchecked-with-watchdogs-kept-toothless

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The U.S. has spent more than half of $3 trillion in economic rescue funds passed by Congress -- with little of the oversight intended to ensure the money goes to the right places.

Some of the oversight bodies are barely functional: A special inspector general was only recently sworn in, a congressional panel still lacks a chairman and staff, and President Donald Trump quickly removed the official who was going to lead a separate accountability committee.

At the same time, about $2 trillion in stimulus money has already been distributed, according to an estimate from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan group focused on fiscal policy.

The sheer size of the pandemic response means thereís a wide swath of issues to investigate. But mistrust in Washington is so deep that the oversight groupsí investigations are already mired in politics. Leaders of both parties have failed to agree on a chairman to lead the congressional oversight panel. And Democrats are already voicing concerns on whether Trumpís hand-picked special inspector general for the stimulus can be independent from his former boss

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Reply Trillions in Stimulus Go Unchecked With Watchdogs Kept Toothless (Original post)
kentuck Jun 2020 OP
Frustratedlady Jun 2020 #1
kentuck Jun 2020 #2
Frustratedlady Jun 2020 #3
bluestarone Jun 2020 #4
spanone Jun 2020 #5
duforsure Jun 2020 #6
RussBLib Jun 2020 #7

Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:11 PM

1. Katie Porter (CA D) is on it. She is like a dog with a bone that won't let go.

Hopefully, she will succeed, but the odds are against her.

If there is nothing wrong, why are they so insistent on hiding the info? According to Katie, there was a statement in the form they had to fill out that their names would be disclosed. So, no privacy laws are being violated. Besides, it's partly my money and I'd love to know where it went.

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Response to Frustratedlady (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:13 PM

2. Is there anything Katie can do about it?

Should we just write it down as the greatest heist in history?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:18 PM

3. I hope she can get a wedge in the door. She is persistent, for sure.

If not, Biden can open the files when he takes office and expose them all. I'm sure Trump and kin are included on the list.

Just think of all the answers we can get to our concerns after Biden sits down in the Oval Office. It will be like a thousand Christmas gifts.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:21 PM

4. Question

Could news outlets file a freedom of information law suit NOW?

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:26 PM

5. Crime of the Century.

Right in front of our noses.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:34 PM

6. After these criminals get ousted

They will answer before the Congress and the American people for what they're criminally done.they will not get away with this, and for doing this their consequences should be very strong against them , or next time it will be worse. Nixon and W Bush and Chaney should have been sent to prison.

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Response to kentuck (Original post)

Wed Jun 17, 2020, 12:37 PM

7. and so, natch, Trump will claim that his is the most transparent admin in history

and his brain-dead zombie followers will agree with him.

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