APRIL 14, 2010
In a deplorable move to control Congress’s independent nonpartisan investigative unit, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are strong arming a bipartisan selection committee to pick a party loyalist as its director.
The Democrat leaders, also the two most powerful lawmakers in Congress, want a Clinton Administration appointee and major party donor to be Comptroller General of the United States, director of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the congressional watchdog that investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
A bipartisan selection committee worked for months to come up with an amicable group of candidates, according to the
The selection committee unanimously agreed on three other candidates—the GAO’s acting director, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania and an assistant comptroller general—but Pelosi and Reid are set on Bilmes and have written a formal letter to the White House promoting her.
This certainly sets a dangerous precedent considering that the GAO is among
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