Keying off all the latest “Party in the GSA” stories, a couple of outraged citizens protested outside the Senate today — including a woman dressed like one of the Vegas mind-readers and one of the clowns hired to entertain the profligate bureaucrats.
Speaking of clowns, in case you missed it: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushed to allow government conferences in Vegas and personally lobbied Rahm Emanuel on the issue.
Related: More whistleblowers are coming out of the woodworks…
The General Services Administration’s internal watchdog said Wednesday that employees are heeding his call to report wrongdoing, and messages on his hotline have triggered new investigations beyond an $823,000 Las Vegas conference and junkets to resorts.
“I don’t know what we’re going to find but it has not been pretty,” Inspector General Brian Miller told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
It’s the Senate’s turn to take a whack. But Sen. Barbara Boxer goes soft…
The Wednesday morning hearing was less dramatic than the House events, perhaps reflecting that the Senate and the White House are controlled by people of the same political party — Democrats. Republicans in the House used the scandal to score political points.
That could be inferred from the titles of the hearings, which had a more accusatory tone in the House, such as “Addressing GSA’s Culture of Wasteful Spending” and “GSA’s Squandering of Taxpayer Dollars: A Pattern of Mismanagement, Excess and Waste.”
“We’re not looking for photo ops of people taking the Fifth,” Boxer said. She was referring to a House hearing on Monday where senior GSA official Jeffrey Neeley, who could possibly face criminal charges, refused to testify.
Yet members from both parties have pressed former and current GSA officials with questions that indicate that no matter what the political affiliation, Congress is concerned about a squandering of taxpayer dollars.
“There must be justice and restitution for this,” Boxer said, “and those who are responsible for the outrageous conduct and who violated the public trust must be held accountable.
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