Shea-Porter Introduces Bill to Stop Corrupt Countries from Swindling U.S. Taxpayers
WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today introduced a bill directing the creation of a comprehensive anticorruption plan to prevent foreign nations that host American military operations from siphoning U.S. taxpayer money.
“When our military conducts operations in countries with high corruption, American taxpayers shouldn’t be left holding a fraudulent bill,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “This bill will create the first comprehensive interagency strategy to stop our military from getting swindled overseas.”
Shea-Porter’s bill would require the Department of Defense, the Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development to jointly develop an interagency anticorruption strategy that includes clear, measurable, and enforceable benchmarks for countries with overseas military operations.
The legislation incorporates recommendations from a 2016 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) report that found that limited oversight of military and aid community reconstruction projects in that country led to abuses like bribery, fraud, extortion, and nepotism, while empowering warlords and their militias and fueling the insurgency. This lack of oversight eroded trust in the US-led intervention and wasted estimated millions or even billions of taxpayer dollars.
During her four terms as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Shea-Porter has consistently promoted strong oversight of contractors’ and foreign governments’ stewardship of U.S. taxpayer money overseas.