Shea-Porter speaks out against efforts to end oversight in Iraq

Carol Shea-Porter today criticized efforts by the House Armed Services Committee to kill oversight of reconstruction efforts in Iraq. Jeb Bradley is a member of the committee, which secretly drafted legislation that would close the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

According to the New York Times, Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee inserted the clause during a closed-door session.

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has produced numerous reports critical of the mismanagement of reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The agency has exposed the extent to which military contractors like Halliburton and Parsons have bilked taxpayers while failing to provide essential services in Iraq. It has also brought four criminal convictions.

"Jeb Bradley has been blind to the situation in Iraq," said Shea-Porter. "And now he stood idly by while his committee tried to make us blind too."

Congressman Jeb Bradley has touted his three reconnaissance trips to Iraq, where he claims to have seen steady progress. But according to the Union Leader (4/13/06), during Bradley's recent trip his plane was fired upon and was forced to take evasive action. Nonetheless, Bradley continues to support President Bush's plan to "stay the course" in Iraq.

"Congress Tells Auditor in Iraq to Close Office," James Glanz, The New York
Times, 11/3/06
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/world/middleeast/03reconstruct.html

"Blinding the Taxpayers in Iraq," New York Times editorial, 11/4/06
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/04/opinion/04sat1.html

"As Bechtel Goes," Paul Krugman, op-ed, The New York Times, 11/3/06
http://select.nytimes.com/2006/11/03/opinion/03krugman.html