We Need A Fiscal Conservative in Charge of the Pentagon

Floor Speech

Date: June 14, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Defense


Mr. DUNCAN of Tennessee. Mr. Speaker, I know that one of the easiest things in this world to do is to spend other people's money; and for at least 50 years or more, we have been reading and hearing about unbelievable waste by the Pentagon and excessive charges by defense contractors who hire so many retired admirals and generals.

But in today's American Conservative magazine, there is an article about Air Force spending that really takes the cake. The article is entitled: ``Why Do Air Force Planes Need $10,000 Toilet Seat Covers?'' The story is by Dan Grazier, a former Marine captain. He wrote the following:

``. . . a Department of Defense contractor told the Air Force that each new toilet seat cover for the C-17 cargo plane will cost $10,000. Will Roper, the Air Force's Chief Acquisition official, rather than pooh-poohing the cost, defended it by claiming the company would have to switch production from other products to make a limited number of toilet covers, thus driving up the expense.''

It is unpatriotic, Mr. Speaker, for any Federal department, but especially the Defense Department, to spend taxpayers' money so recklessly. I wish someday--someday--we could get a fiscal conservative in charge at the Pentagon.