The House will start posting members’ expense reports online to allow the public easy access to records of the millions of dollars lawmakers spend on staff, goods and services, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.
Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, said he would introduce a billto require similar postings by the Senate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the postings after reports in the Journal examining lawmakers’ office expenditures that are kept in voluminous paper records on Capitol Hill, the newspaper reports.
Call me cynical, but if there’s a way to gig to system, Capitol Hill will find it. Or invent it.
We’ll just have to keep a close watch on expense account items like “consultant fees” and “miscellaneous” because that’s where the party costs will be found.