Sen. Lee Introduces War Funding Controls
The bill is endorsed by National Taxpayers Union, the R Street Institute, the Project on Government Oversight, and Concerned Veterans for America. Andrew Lautz of the National Taxpayers Union said of the bill, “National Taxpayers Union applauds Sen. Lee for introducing this new legislation to put guardrails on the future use of off-budget war accounts. As Sen. Lee and NTU have pointed out, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account morphed from a contingency fund in the immediate years after 9/11 to a slush fund for wasteful projects and programs that couldn’t make it into the military’s regular budget. Though OCO is gone for the upcoming year, Congress must guard against future abuse of off-budget designations like OCO. Sen. Lee’s legislation would give Congress some much-needed muscle against the abuse of war funding.”
The full text of the bill can be read here. A one-pager of the bill is available here.