Didn’t Joe Biden say things like this would not happen “on my watch”?
A Senate panel on Tuesday will examine how more than $24 billion in stimulus funds went to contractors or organizations that owe the federal government millions in back taxes.
A new report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found 3,700 contractors and grantees that received stimulus funds owed a combined $757 million in back taxes.
“That such a huge amount of the stimulus money went to known tax cheats should be a wakeup call for Congress,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the five lawmakers who requested the report.
Coburn and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are scheduled to hold a Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations hearing on the matter Tuesday afternoon. Coburn and Levin released some of the report’s findings in advance of the hearing.
Levin noted that the executive branch had already stressed that contractors could be denied certain awards if they had not paid taxes.
“Now the executive branch should get on with it and actually debar the worst of the tax cheats from the contractor workforce,” he said.