Thursday, September 09, 2004

Bush Official Lied to Congress

The Progress Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) yesterday charged former Bush administration Medicare official Thomas Scully broke the law and should repay his government salary after ordering his actuary to withhold high estimates of the president's prescription drug plan from Congress last year. The GAO said, "Federal law prohibits a federal agency from paying the salary of an official who prevents another federal employee from communicating with Congress." Since the law probably would not have passed if Congress had known of the higher estimates, the GAO's ruling means the Bush administration achieved passage of landmark domestic legislation by unlawfully withholding information.

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