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From senate2008guru we learn that despite repeated requests from other members of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, then chair Susan Collins refused to call even one hearing into widely reported theft, fraud, cost-overuns and abuses in Iraq. What is even more galling is Collins own claim how "concerned" she is about no-bid contracts.

Then, there is the issue of no-bid contracts and war profiteering.  As it is Susan Collins' re-election cycle, she has paid lip service to expressing concern about this issue.  She has even gotten some press by talking tough on the issue.  But what is the real story on Susan Collins and war profiteering?  Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey has on several occasions - not once, not twice, not thrice, but at least four times - urged Collins to hold hearings on Halliburton's no-bid contracts in Iraq.  And what was Susan Collins' response?

Susan Collins, who disingenuously talks tough on no-bid contracts and war profiteering, won't bother to provide Senate oversight on Halliburton's contracts because the GAO and Pentagon are already poking around, allowing her to abdicate her responsibilities as Chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.  She was flat-out unwilling to do her job.  And why?  To protect the corporate cronies of the Bush-Cheney administration.

You can find the letters from Sen. Lautenberg here, here, here, and here.

For four years Collins chaired this committee and yet did nothing, aboslutely nothing, to recoup money - our tax dollars - that have been squandered. How many hundreds of millions of dollars has been lost, never to be seen again? How could these monies have been spent here at home, beginning with post-Katrina reuilding efforts?

And when will any of the local news media begin to ask these and other questions?

Tom Allen for Senate

Originally posted to Dirigo Blue on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 09:54 AM PST.

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  •  It seems Collins thought it was best to let the (6+ / 0-)

    Cheney/Bush administration investigate itself:

    Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, chair of the Senate Governmental Affairs committee, says the panel will not be taking any action because Halliburton's contracts in Iraq already face probes by the General Accounting Office, defense auditors and the Pentagon inspector general.

    My thanks to senate2008guru and MyDD. Now if only the MSM would get their priorities straight.

    "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." -- Winston Churchill

    by Spud1 on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 09:58:57 AM PST

  •  Are you listening, Tom Allen...? (5+ / 0-)
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    Spud1, gwilson, borkitekt, jedennis, gchaucer2

    It's time for him to start reminding people of Collins actions over the last few years, before she comes out swinging and puts him on the defensive.

    He certainly has a lot of issues to use against her if he wants to...

    The meek shall inherit nothing. -F.Zappa

    by cometman on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:03:44 AM PST

    •  I'm going to guess he is, and as he has (3+ / 0-)
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      cometman, gwilson, borkitekt

      no primary challenger, and the general election is still eleven months away, and it's the holiday season, that there is no hurry.

      And how much better would it be if the freakin press made it an issue just based on the merits of her inaction?? Does Allen really need to spoon feed them?

      Don't answer that.

      "Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." -- Winston Churchill

      by Spud1 on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:11:22 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  And it appears that (5+ / 0-)
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    Spud1, cometman, borkitekt, jedennis, LA rupert

    Lieberman has followed suit -- have there been any real hearings from this committee on the Iraq money pit or Katrina?

    My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. Barbara Jordan 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Dec 10, 2007 at 10:06:18 AM PST

  •  Three cheers for Senator Lautenberg. (1+ / 0-)
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    Spud1

    He announced his retirement some years ago, but was persuaded to change his mind when the Democratic nominee (Torricelli?) was hit with a corruption scandal. He has been and is a frequent champion of decency and sanity.

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