Republicans Spend More On Benghazi Committee Than Veterans Affairs

Nov 2012
11,394
9,815
nirvana
Congress May Spend More On The Benghazi Panel Than On The Veterans Affairs Committee



House Republicans have requested nearly $3.3 million to operate the select committee investigating Benghazi, which gives the GOP-launched committee a bigger budget than that granted to the committee overseeing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to a committee document provided to USA Today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office, the budget provides about $2.2 million for the seven Republican lawmakers on the panel and a little over $1 million for the five Democrats.

In contrast, the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Ethics Committee were each granted budgets of $3 million in 2014.

A spokesperson for committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told USA Today that the number is a "high end estimate," and comes from previously appropriated funds.

Despite the high-profile allegations of long wait times and fudged records at the VA, the congressional committees overseeing the agency remain some of the least politically powerful on Capitol Hill.

Since Veterans Affairs offers few opportunities to reap the benefits of sitting on other, high-powered panels (i.e., Financial Services), the committee is almost entirely populated by rookie lawmakers with little leverage.

The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim reported last month:

Because the committee has so few senior members, it has little access to congressional leadership, cable news, the White House or the various levers of power in Washington.

It should be little surprise then that a powerless committee has found itself powerless to oversee the VA.
...
The panel members' lack of experience also makes them less effective. "You have green and inattentive members on the committee, very few who are willing to conduct systematic oversight," said Cooper.

"Most couldn't name senior officials below the secretary level. Most don't know how [the VA system] works. The warnings were not heeded."

The Benghazi panel, which was proposed by lawmakers earlier this year with no set budget, will investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. While the committee was formed in May, Gowdy says the panel has just begun its preliminary investigation work and is still in the process of hiring around 30 staffers to work on the committee.

“Obviously, going from not existing to fully functioning takes some time,” Gowdy told Politico of the committee's slow start. “Hiring staff is widely important but not always terribly exciting from a reader’s or viewer’s standpoint. …. You have to do that before you can fully constitute a committee and start work.”
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person
Jun 2013
29,009
15,715
Ohio
That's because Republicans wrongly think that they can score more political points over Benghazi than they can with the VA. They have no interest in governing. They just illegally use taxpayer dollars to run their political campaigns through House Committees.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person
Nov 2012
22,958
5,055
Gamma Solaris
Congress May Spend More On The Benghazi Panel Than On The Veterans Affairs Committee



House Republicans have requested nearly $3.3 million to operate the select committee investigating Benghazi, which gives the GOP-launched committee a bigger budget than that granted to the committee overseeing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to a committee document provided to USA Today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office, the budget provides about $2.2 million for the seven Republican lawmakers on the panel and a little over $1 million for the five Democrats.

In contrast, the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Ethics Committee were each granted budgets of $3 million in 2014.

A spokesperson for committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told USA Today that the number is a "high end estimate," and comes from previously appropriated funds.

Despite the high-profile allegations of long wait times and fudged records at the VA, the congressional committees overseeing the agency remain some of the least politically powerful on Capitol Hill.

Since Veterans Affairs offers few opportunities to reap the benefits of sitting on other, high-powered panels (i.e., Financial Services), the committee is almost entirely populated by rookie lawmakers with little leverage.

The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim reported last month:

Because the committee has so few senior members, it has little access to congressional leadership, cable news, the White House or the various levers of power in Washington.

It should be little surprise then that a powerless committee has found itself powerless to oversee the VA.
...
The panel members' lack of experience also makes them less effective. "You have green and inattentive members on the committee, very few who are willing to conduct systematic oversight," said Cooper.

"Most couldn't name senior officials below the secretary level. Most don't know how [the VA system] works. The warnings were not heeded."

The Benghazi panel, which was proposed by lawmakers earlier this year with no set budget, will investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. While the committee was formed in May, Gowdy says the panel has just begun its preliminary investigation work and is still in the process of hiring around 30 staffers to work on the committee.

“Obviously, going from not existing to fully functioning takes some time,” Gowdy told Politico of the committee's slow start. “Hiring staff is widely important but not always terribly exciting from a reader’s or viewer’s standpoint. …. You have to do that before you can fully constitute a committee and start work.”
There is no pre-existing funding for special prosecutions...although with this administration, that would be wise. The VA is fully funded, already. Making this whole article, BS...trying to assassinate the investigation into an assassination.

The investigation will put The Hill & Billary Show through a trial by fire. That is plain even to Blind Freddie. Hey, if she survives...she'll probably end up in the White House. If she ends up copping it from the investigation...she's toast.

This is important.

It needs a special investigation.

But having absolutely no investigation at all would certainly benefit Hillary. Why is that???

No investigation would benefit Hillary.

It's a no brainer to me. The Left doesn't want a real investigation and will harp on their claim that they already sent the fox back into the henhouse to do a head count...a few times..and "it's been investigated enough, already".

^_^
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person
May 2014
1,658
360
The South
This is important.

It needs a special investigation.

But having absolutely no investigation at all would certainly benefit Hillary. Why is that???

No investigation would benefit Hillary.

It's a no brainer to me. The Left doesn't want a real investigation and will harp on their claim that they already sent the fox back into the henhouse to do a head count...a few times..and "it's been investigated enough, already".

^_^
Now everything at the VA is the Republicans fault!

As usual, they are trying to turn this into another "blame the Republicans" issue to deflect from their incompetence.
As usual skews13 injects radical assclownery into the topic.

I would say that the American people aren't dumb enough to fall for this lame game, but then I see posts by a few forum members and realize that many
are likely even dumber....
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

RNG

Forum Staff
Apr 2013
42,142
30,622
La La Land North
There is no pre-existing funding for special prosecutions...although with this administration, that would be wise. The VA is fully funded, already. Making this whole article, BS...trying to assassinate the investigation into an assassination.

The investigation will put The Hill & Billary Show through a trial by fire. That is plain even to Blind Freddie. Hey, if she survives...she'll probably end up in the White House. If she ends up copping it from the investigation...she's toast.

This is important.

It needs a special investigation.

But having absolutely no investigation at all would certainly benefit Hillary. Why is that???

No investigation would benefit Hillary.

It's a no brainer to me. The Left doesn't want a real investigation and will harp on their claim that they already sent the fox back into the henhouse to do a head count...a few times..and "it's been investigated enough, already".

^_^
Where did you find the entry for special investigation costs in the VA budget? Was it in the operating cost section?
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

RNG

Forum Staff
Apr 2013
42,142
30,622
La La Land North
maybe it aint about political points, maybe it's about doing right.
Without raising the merits or lack thereof of either case, I would have thought a case involving the health of hundreds of thousands of veterans and apparently many deaths past and future would carry a bit more weight than one isolated, limited situation in a foreign country. But I guess the RNC figures there is more Tea Party pandering to be had this way.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person
Nov 2012
41,281
11,888
Lebanon, TN
Without raising the merits or lack thereof of either case, I would have thought a case involving the health of hundreds of thousands of veterans and apparently many deaths past and future would carry a bit more weight than one isolated, limited situation in a foreign country. But I guess the RNC figures there is more Tea Party pandering to be had this way.
The TEA Party is right.. it is not funding, it is management of the VA.

The VA was OVER FUNDED by 415,000,000 (ALMOST 1/2 BILLION). that was never used (this is just medical benefits) so it was management of funds not lack of funds.
 
Jun 2014
11,877
4,381
United States
Congress May Spend More On The Benghazi Panel Than On The Veterans Affairs Committee



House Republicans have requested nearly $3.3 million to operate the select committee investigating Benghazi, which gives the GOP-launched committee a bigger budget than that granted to the committee overseeing the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to a committee document provided to USA Today by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) office, the budget provides about $2.2 million for the seven Republican lawmakers on the panel and a little over $1 million for the five Democrats.

In contrast, the House Veterans Affairs Committee and Ethics Committee were each granted budgets of $3 million in 2014.

A spokesperson for committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told USA Today that the number is a "high end estimate," and comes from previously appropriated funds.

Despite the high-profile allegations of long wait times and fudged records at the VA, the congressional committees overseeing the agency remain some of the least politically powerful on Capitol Hill.

Since Veterans Affairs offers few opportunities to reap the benefits of sitting on other, high-powered panels (i.e., Financial Services), the committee is almost entirely populated by rookie lawmakers with little leverage.

The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim reported last month:

Because the committee has so few senior members, it has little access to congressional leadership, cable news, the White House or the various levers of power in Washington.

It should be little surprise then that a powerless committee has found itself powerless to oversee the VA.
...
The panel members' lack of experience also makes them less effective. "You have green and inattentive members on the committee, very few who are willing to conduct systematic oversight," said Cooper.

"Most couldn't name senior officials below the secretary level. Most don't know how [the VA system] works. The warnings were not heeded."

The Benghazi panel, which was proposed by lawmakers earlier this year with no set budget, will investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. While the committee was formed in May, Gowdy says the panel has just begun its preliminary investigation work and is still in the process of hiring around 30 staffers to work on the committee.

“Obviously, going from not existing to fully functioning takes some time,” Gowdy told Politico of the committee's slow start. “Hiring staff is widely important but not always terribly exciting from a reader’s or viewer’s standpoint. …. You have to do that before you can fully constitute a committee and start work.”
That's their value system, for sure. Screw the vets who made them rich with their insider trading deals from Bush's two wars, and help some of their friends get richer in overinvestigating something already found to be a non issue.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 2 people