So, could someone please tell me why Senator Dorgan's amendment -- to setup an investigative committee into defense contractor abuse, and set out clear criteria for such abuse -- was defeated. With all but ONE Republican voting against?
Some excerpts from the amendment:
(1) IN GENERAL.--Whoever, in any matter involving a contract or the provision of goods or services, directly or indirectly, in connection with a war or military action knowingly and willfully--
(A) executes or attempts to execute a scheme or artifice to defraud the United States or the entity having jurisdiction over the area in which such activities occur;
(B) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(C) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations, or makes or uses any materially false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry; or
(D) materially overvalues any good or service with the specific intent to excessively profit from the war or military action;
shall be fined under paragraph (2), imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
I know first hand how much money def contractors can waste... The fact that our congress spends more time debating boys kissing than how to spend (and police the spending of my money) is unacceptable.