Top Democrat wants to gut Government Watchdog that has uncovered vast waste of taxpayer dollars

Nebraska Democrat Senator Ben Nelson wants to cut the budget of the agency which consistently uncovers waste, fraud and abuse, and saves taxpayers' money.  Ed O'Keefe of the Washington Post: GAO publishes more than 1,000 reports and audits annually, and agency officials frequently testify before congressional committees to detail their findings. Despite its relatively spot-free reputation and the billions of dollars in potential savings it has identified in recent years, House and Senate appropriators responsible for drafting the legislative branch budget seem determined to force the GAO to reduce, as part of a 5.2 percent drop in all congressional spending. As Washington seeks ways to cut back, "the buck shrinks here," said Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee on the legislative branch. He said his proposed cuts "are real and will force Congress and the agencies on Capitol Hill to live with less." Why cut the one agency looking to protect...(Read Full Post)