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Wasted War Spending – $900 More of it This Week!

This week, the House and Senate may vote on the final version of legislation to spend more money in Iraq and Afghanistan. H.R. 2346 is called the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009. It will spend a little over $900 per U.S. family.

Now here’s a timely coincidence. The Commission on Wartime Contracting is slated to come out with a report this week discussing the extent of waste in this government contracting. The AP reports:

The Defense Department has failed to provide adequate oversight over tens of billions of dollars in contracts to support military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, says a new report by an independent commission investigating waste and fraud in wartime spending. U.S. reliance on private sector employees has grown to “unprecedented proportions,” yet the government has no central database of who all these contractors are, what they do or how much they’re paid, the bipartisan commission found.

The Commission was created in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008 to study federal agency contracting for reconstruction, logistical support, and security functions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Want to tell your Member of Congress what you think of the supplemental spending bill, H.R. 2346, spending generally, or controls on waste, fraud, and abuse? You can dial 202-224-3121 to get the Capitol switchboard. Be nice.

We’ll report House and Senate votes on the spending bill here here on the WashingtonWatch.com blog as they come in.

And here’s your current vote on the Supplemental Appropriations Act. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki article about the bill.

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