More Stimulus Oversight Plans
The drumbeat for oversight continues.
The latest comes from Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.), new chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform committee.
Towns says the committee will hold hearings in D.C. and across the country -- along with making visits to jobs sites and state officials -- to provide "a direct examination of the $787 billion taxpayer dollars currently being allocated through the stimulus plan."
"I want to hear from people on the front lines - our state and local officials and our community leaders - about the effectiveness of this stimulus package," Towns said in an announcement today. "Given the current state of our economy, we must do everything possible to ensure that critical stimulus dollars are providing jobs in our communities and laying the groundwork to transform our economy - not falling into the hands of bad actors."
"We have a responsibility to the American people to do everything possible to avoid any waste, fraud, and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars."
We've been hearing a lot of this kind of thing since the new administration took office. You might call it "winds of change" rhetoric. And there's no doubt that such statements give Government Inc. the warm-and-fuzzies -- at least for a moment or two.
Question: Is the White House and Congress really up to backing up the nice sentiments? Please let us know what you think. We'll feature your thoughts -- if you care to share them -- in the coming days.
By Robert O'Harrow |
March 5, 2009; 4:55 PM ET
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