by Working for Change –
In November, Republican House negotiators blocked a provision that would have created criminal penalties for war profiteers and cheats who try to defraud American taxpayers and cash in on the relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq.
The provision has now been introduced as a stand-alone bill, and in light of recent questions about Halliburton and price-gouging, the bill should be passed quickly to ensure, as President Roosevelt once declared, that “a few do not gain from the sacrifices of the many.”
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The War Profiteering Prevention Act would penalize war profiteers who defraud American taxpayers — its objective is “to prohibit profiteering and fraud relating to military action, relief, and reconstruction efforts in Iraq.” This is hardly a radical or controversial proposal, as similar laws were enacted after World War I, World War II and the Korean War.
But House negotiators stripped the provision from the measure providing $87 billion for Iraq and refused to either negotiate on a compromise or even provide a strong argument for removing the provision (although rumors indicate they took their direction from the White House on the matter).
Urge your senators and representative to support, and if they don’t already, to co-sponsor the War Profiteering Prevention Act.
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