I'm writing because I am extremely disapointed with Kentucky senators Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell for not voting in favor of the June 16 war profiteering amendment. The purpose of this action would have been to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit profiteering and fraud relating to military action, relief, and reconstruction.
If our Kentucky senators had voted for this amendment, it would have made contractors working overseas accountable for their costs and subject to stiff penalties if they overcharged or cheated the U.S. government. At a time when America is spending billions of dollars in Iraq, there are no protections in place for the tax dollars being spent overseas - nothing to make companies be held accountable for how much they charge the American people.
In light of recent news that companies like Halliburton have continuously overcharged the government (a fact to which Halliburton itself has admitted after being found out), contractors could have been held to new criminal penalties under the proposed amendment. This amendment should not have been about party politics, but about holding accountable the contractors who are spending our tax dollars. As a Kentuckian who has two jobs, cannot afford health insurance and did not benefit in any way from last year's tax cuts, I cannot see how either of the Kentucky senators representing me and thousands like me could possibly have voted against the tax dollars we pay to the government being carefully watched when so many of us cannot afford even to get sick.