Bureau of Reclamation Stimulus Funds - $1 billion; Getting Answers on How Many Jobs will be Created - Priceless
Water and Power Subcommittee to Examine Over $1 Billion in Stimulus Spending
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27, 2009 | Emily Lawrimore or Jill Strait (202-225-2761)
In response to a unanimous request by Republicans on the Water and Power Subcommittee, the Subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing tomorrow to examine how the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey will spend more than $1 billion in stimulus funds.
“The supposed purpose of the stimulus bill was to create jobs and immediately revive our economy. So one has to wonder why the Bureau of Reclamation is spending $1 billion on projects, yet cannot definitely state how many jobs will be created. There’s also no reform on reducing overhead costs or permit streamlining,” said House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Doc Hastings. “I hope tomorrow’s hearing will provide answers so we can ensure the American taxpayers and water and power ratepayers that their money is being used efficiently and appropriately.”
The Bureau of Reclamation recently released a project list on how it would allocate its stimulus funds. While many of the projects are worthwhile, several questions remain regarding this funding, including:
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