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Petri against Iraq bill
For Friday’s vote, he drew on his experience working in Somalia as a volunteer in the Peace Corps and later for the U.S. Agency for International Development. “He became convinced that an awful lot of our foreign aid activities are ill-conceived, wasteful and counterproductive,” said Petri’s spokesman, Niel Wright. “Since $21.4 billion is a lot of money, and probably just the beginning, he wanted to be convinced we have a plan for success and not just a lot of ill-conceived quick fixes.”Petri, who voted last year in favor of giving President Bush the authority to go to war, was one of only six House Republicans to oppose the spending bill. Read the story at:
"The Administration's attempt to rebuild Iraq ... has been failing because it has not concentrated on building capacity in Iraq," Farr said. "Rather, this bill awards contracts to companies politically friendly to the president, and fails to insist on full disclosure of how that money is being spent."Read the story at:
"There have been so many instances where the money has been misspent," said Rep. James Walsh, R-N.Y., a member of the Appropriations Committee. "We have to keep our hands as deep in this as possible, and that means having strict oversight, because when the stories about $500 hammers come out, I am going to be the one who is going to get hell to pay for it" from constituents.Read the story at:
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