U.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada received a government watchdog group’s “dubious honor” as March Porker of the Month for blocking a bill to back inspectors general in their battles against waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement and refusing to provide a full explanation on why he did so.
“Sen. Reid’s unfathomable objection to this measure exemplifies his utter and complete disregard for protecting taxpayers,” said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste.
“Inspectors general are frontline fighters in the battle against waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. They should have unfettered access to any and all documents they need in order to hold agencies accountable and safeguard taxpayer dollars.”
In its statement recognizing Reid, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan group pointed to Reid’s objection to a unanimous request by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in December to bring to the floor his bill to ensure IGs have access to agency records needed for their investigations.