Rep. Meadows’ Amendment to Audit Special Counsels Passes House
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congress passed an amendment from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) to require a semiannual GAO audit of independent counsels. The amendment passed as a part of H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2019.
The amendment would reestablish a provision of law that was repealed in 2010, requiring a semiannual Government Accountability Office (GAO) of Independent Counsels—or specifically, a financial audit of the expenditures IC’s use from indefinite appropriation they receive from Congress. When the audit is complete, the GAO would be required to submit its findings to Congress.
The GAO would consider Special Counsels, including Robert Mueller, as Independent Counsel for the purposes of the audit.
Rep. Meadows released the following statement:
“This is a huge win for American taxpayers. A special counsel's work is very important, but no one in government should be permitted to spend taxpayer dollars without full accountability on their expenditures. It is the most basic function of Congress to conduct oversight of federal expenditures, and Americans need to know where their money is going. I thank my colleagues for their support.”
To see Rep. Meadows’ floor speech on the amendment, click here.
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