Democratic-led Senate committees are getting their chance to question General Services Administration officials after two days of GOP hearings into an agency portrayed as running amok with taxpayers’ money on the Obama administration’s watch.
The Environment and Public Works Committee is holding a hearing on GSA spending Wednesday, followed a few hours later by the Appropriations subcommittee that controls the GSA budget.
Both avoided calling as witnesses the current and former GSA officials who allowed excessive travel to the South Pacific islands and California’s Napa Valley and Palm Springs and let taxpayers pay for parties in resort suites. Lawmakers from the two Republican-dominated House committees shouted angry questions at the officials for two days, although the outrage was bipartisan.
Instead, the Senate committees have summoned Dan Tangherlini, the acting GSA administrator who was sent by the administration to clean up the nation’s real estate and supply agency. His testimony the past two days was largely overshadowed because Republicans wanted to talk about the scandal.
The Senate committees also called Inspector General Brian Miller, whose April 2 report on an $823,000 conference in Las Vegas triggered investigations by four congressional committees.
Read More at OfficialWire. By Larry Margasak.
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