Monday, October 15, 2007

Pete Sessions says "no" to accountability

In two recent votes, Pete Sessions was part of a slim minority of who voted "no" to government accountability and "no" to holding private security firms accountable for criminal behavior, while working on Federal contracts.

Pete Sessions was one of only 30 who voted no to H.R. 2740, which brings independent contractors under the jurisdiction of U.S. law, same as the military. This was aimed directly at Blackwater, a State Department contractor, which may have been responsible for the deaths of Iraqi civilians.

The bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support (see Roll Call 940).

Another bipartisan vote in favor of accountability was H.R. 928, the "Improving Government Accountability Act," which will protect the inspectors general within every government department from political interference while providing more oversight of their actions.

Pete Sessions was one of only 11 who voted against this bill (see Roll Call 937).

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