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Washington, DC - Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Peter Welch’s amendment to prohibit the Pentagon from using taxpayer dollars to purchase uniforms for Afghan National Army. The House vote follows a finding by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) that the Department of Defense wasted $28 million on licensing a camouflage pattern for Afghan army uniforms that replicates lush forests, even though most of Afghanistan is a desert.
Washington – Just days after the President proposed a $54 billion increase to defense spending, Congressman Kurt Schrader (OR-5) and Congressman Peter Welch (VT-AL) introduced the Department of Defense Overhead Cost Savings and Transparency Act which would declassify the entirety of a report from the Pentagon which revealed $125 billion in administrative waste.