Rand Paul Proposes New Bill to Audit the Pentagon

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Rand Paul Proposes Bill to Audit the Pentagon

Republican Senator Rand Paul unveiled legislation on Thursday to audit the Pentagon, Department of Defense (DOD).

Rand Paul, along with Bernie Sanders and Chuck Grassley, proposed the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2023, requiring the Pentagon to pass a full, independent audit in the fiscal year 2024.

The legislation would also require any DOD component that fails to complete the audit to give back one percent of its budget to the Treasury.

Paul said in a written statement:

“Accountability and transparency are the bedrock of responsible democracy. No institution is above scrutiny, especially the Department of Defense, which has the largest budget of any federal agency and is charged with carrying out the greatest constitutional responsibility.”

“We need to ensure that our defense spending is accurate, accountable, and in the best interest of American Taxpayers,” he added.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon received backlash after failing an audit for the fifth time while unable to account for 61 percent of its $3.5 trillion in assets.

In March, the House Oversight Committee said it would investigate why the DOD failed to complete a full audit.

“The Pentagon and the military-industrial complex have been plagued by a massive amount of waste, fraud, and financial mismanagement for decades. That is absolutely unacceptable,” the Vermont progressive wrote,” Sanders said.

“If we are serious about spending taxpayer dollars wisely and effectively, we have got to end the absurdity of the Pentagon being the only agency in the federal government that has never passed an independent audit,” he added.

Grassley explained:

“From buying $14,000 toilet seats to losing track of warehouses full of spare parts, the Department of Defense has been plagued by wasteful spending for decades.”

“Every dollar the Pentagon squanders is a dollar not used to support service members, bolster national security or strengthen military readiness,” Grassley added.

“The Department of Defense should have to meet the same annual auditing standards as every other agency,” he continued.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon said it miscalculated the value of U.S. military equipment, which allows the Biden administration to grant Ukraine an additional $6.2 billion in equipment.

READ: Rand Paul: ‘I’m 100% Confident That Fauci Lied to Us, Too Many Coincidences’

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