Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell has introduced legislation that would require the government to run all no-bid government contracts passed Congress before they’re approved. Boswell, a democrat, says the criticism of contracts given to the Halliburton Company for the rebuilding of Iraq are behind his bill. He says “that kind of got our attention on it” but he says they don’t make mention of it in the bill. He says all the contracts need to be looked at. Boswell says the bill would require Congressional oversight.He says if everything looks good, the members could remain silent, but if they want to, they could speak up. Boswell says there would be few exceptions for no-bid contracts. He says the only exemption would be for national security.
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