For Immediate Release Contact: Kate Pomeroy | 703-638-3927 Arlington, VA – Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) praised Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) today for sponsoring legislation to cut off flows of U.S. taxpayer dollars to criminals and anti-American organizations in Afghanistan. On April 11, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) issued a report detailing how some $360 million in U.S. contracting dollars had ended up in the hands of the Taliban and other criminal elements in Afghanistan over the last 10 years. In response, Ayotte and Blumenthal introduced the “Never Contract With the Enemy Act” (S. 675), a bipartisan bill to tighten up contracting practices and empower U.S. officials to terminate funding for government contracts that result in U.S. taxpayer dollars being funneled to enemies of the United States in Afghanistan. Pete Hegseth, CEO of CVA, issued the following statement praising Ayotte and Blumenthal’s bill:
“We thank Senators Ayotte and Blumenthal for their commitment to national security and for demanding the wise stewardship of U.S. taxpayer dollars by ensuring funds are not paid to the Taliban and other criminal groups in Afghanistan. “With the U.S. drowning in $16.7 trillion in debt and facing an uncertain fiscal future, we must be certain our tax dollars are not used to sabotage the nation’s interests worldwide. There must be an account for how these dollars are being used. The Ayotte-Blumenthal legislation is a good start to cutting off the flow of U.S. dollars to those who would threaten our nation’s well-being.”
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