Democrats Object to Benghazi Investigation’s Secretive Unlimited Budget
WASHINGTON—Yesterday, all Democratic Members of the Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a letter to the House Administration Committee expressing concern over the irregular and secretive funding process for the Select Committee on Benghazi.
“In 2014, the Select Committee spent nearly $1.8 million, even though the Committee was only operational for part of the year,” wrote the Democrats. “During that time, the Committee did not adopt any Committee rules, did not conduct one single bipartisan interview of a witness, and did not adopt an investigative plan.”
“At its current rate, the Select Committee will cost the taxpayers more than $3 million in 2015—or about $8,000 per day,” they wrote. “This is more than several other House committees with significant legislative and oversight jurisdictions. It also dwarfs the amount House Republicans allocated to investigate Hurricane Katrina under President Bush.”
The letter continued:
“After already spending more than eight months and nearly $1.8 million on the Benghazi Select Committee, there should now be an opportunity to have a public debate about the amount of additional time and money this Congress plans to spend on its eighth investigation into the attacks in Benghazi. Since House Republicans reauthorized the Select Committee with yet another blank check, we ask that you include the Select Committee in your public hearings to discuss—in a transparent way—the expected costs to the American public and how Congress intends to pay for those costs.”
Read the full letter here.