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Speier launches Congressional Watchdog Caucus

Rep. Jackie Speier has founded a Congressional Watchdog Caucus to oversee federal programs so that they’re run properly, taxpayer dollars are spent effectively and employees are treated fairly.

Um, isn’t that one of Congress’ main functions anyway? So true, says Speier, D-San Mateo – but the usual channels are getting clogged with politics.

“Oversight is all about responsible governance, not about scoring political points or shaming public officials. Taxpayers rely on us to be good stewards of public funds. They can’t afford wasteful expenditures and neither can the government,” Speier said in a news release. “As Members of Congress, we are the watchdogs entrusted to investigate waste, fraud, and abuse, and we have the authority to hold leaders accountable for misconduct. The Congressional Watchdog Caucus will support Members and staff in oversight actions and work together to develop strategies for effective investigations.”

Speier is the caucus’ founder and chair, but lest you think this is just more partisan rhetoric, Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., will be its co-chair.

“There are many people and organizations interested in good government; this caucus will allow us to coordinate and leverage efforts, across the country, to monitor, report on, and conduct oversight of federal spending and federal activities,” Coffman said. “It’s our responsibility to watch over the federal government and make sure the money our citizens send to Washington isn’t wasted. Our families need to know their taxes are being wisely spent.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

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    Yeah, and get a staff to monitor Santa on Xmas eve to make sure he doesn’t skip Any nice kids.

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