APRIL 08, 2011
As the clash over excessive federal spending keeps Congress from passing a budget, the Obama Administration continues pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a fraud-infested welfare program.Just this week, as lawmakers duke it out in hopes of preventing the first government shutdown in 15 years, the administration allocated $311 million to a scandal-plagued program that gives low-income residents money to pay heating and cooling bills. The handouts will help needy families get the “basic essentials” to sustain a “healthy and quality standard of living,” according to Obama’s Health Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius.Every year her agency—the Department of Health and Human Services—allocates billions of taxpayer dollars to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), despite documented waste and corruption that’s been repeatedly exposed in congressional probes and the media. So far this fiscal year, the Obama Administration has given LIHEAP $4.2 billion.Just last summer the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), detailed many of the issues plaguing LIHEAP in a report that blames lack of oversight for the costly problems. Investigators found that a number of dead and incarcerated people receive LIHEAP aid as well as federal employees whose salary exceeds the maximum income to qualify for the handouts.Sebelius conveniently failed to mention any of that in her press release announcing the latest injection of money. Instead she focused on how the cash will help “burdened” families who are forced to make “difficult financial decisions” relating to their home energy needs.
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