House Republicans To Spend $3 Million This Year Alone To Investigate Benghazi
Benghazi is still an issue with House Republicans, so much so that they plan to spend a whopping $3.3 million for this year’s operations of the special committee they created in May to investigate the attacks in 2012. This is an even bigger budget than the House Veterans Affairs and Ethics committees were given this year. Right wing claims of President Obama and/or Hillary Clinton being complicit in some sort of negligence were debunked countless times.
Adding to that, I’m not sure what it will cost for Republicans to indulge in a suit against Obama for being the president.
USA Today reports:
According to a committee document provided by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s office, House Republicans want a $3.3 million budget for this year’s operations of the 12-member select committee on the Benghazi attacks. As with most congressional committees, the document indicates the majority party gets the bigger share of the resources for the panel; the budget provides just under $2.2 million for Republicans and just over $1 million for Democrats on the committee. There are seven GOP lawmakers and five Democrats serving on the committee, and it is expected to have a staff of 30.
By comparison, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs — which has a roster of 25 lawmakers and about 27 staff members — spent $2.5 million in 2013 and has a $3 million budget for 2014. The Ethics Committee budget for 2014 was more than $3 million, with a staff of about 25 serving 10 lawmakers….
Since the Benghazi committee was created in May, its full-year equivalent budget would be more than $5 million. This is more than the House Intelligence Committee, which has a $4.4 million budget this year and spent $4.1 million last year…
The budget for the Benghazi committee does not include the costs of other Benghazi investigations that have already been done by four other House committees: Oversight and Government Reform; Foreign Affairs; Intelligence; and Armed Services. Those costs are impossible to calculate because they are part of the committees’ regular operating budgets.
So I guess that whole ‘fiscal Conservatives’ thing is out the window now?
H/T: My buddy @Tomcinmidlife with thanks.