Sen. Brown: Make It Easier To Nix Afghan Contracts

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is pushing legislation he said would make it easier to void taxpayer-funded deals used by private contractors to pay off warlords in Afghanistan.

Brown said he introduced legislation this week with fellow Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire after reading reports on contractors in Afghanistan funneling American tax dollars to Afghan strongmen, including the Taliban, in exchange for protection and other services.

Brown said it's unacceptable that tax dollars are being used by the enemy to undermine U.S. objectives in Afghanistan.

Ayotte blamed insufficient oversight for allowing a significant portion of U.S. contracting dollars to end up in the hands of insurgents.

The bill would make it easier for the Department of Defense and the Department of State to identify and cancel the contracts.

This program aired on February 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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