Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A win for common sense and good government

It doesn't happen that often, so let's celebrate.

From the Houston Chronicle:

Also Tuesday, the Senate approved by unanimous voice vote a move by Susan Collins, R-Maine, to keep alive an oversight office in Iraq responsible for exposing waste in U.S. efforts for rebuilding Iraq. The special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction tracks spending in the multibillion-dollar effort to rebuild Iraq, a process moving slowly because of corruption and overcharging as well as wartime violence.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., had moved to shut down the agency by October as Congress passed the annual defense policy bill.

Hunter's strong-arm move caught many lawmakers by surprise and prompted immediate calls for its reversal. The inspector general's work has resulted in four criminal convictions and, most recently, evidence that a Halliburton subsidiary exploited federal regulations to hide details on its contract performance.

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