The Republican Party claims to be a party that cares about fiscal responsibility. Their actions, however, reveal a very different story.
According to committee documents, the Republican Party spent $3.3 million on the latest round of Benghazi hearings. $2.2 million went to the Republican Party for research, while Democrats received just over $1 million.
ThinkProgress reviewed 20 House permanent committees that took place between January 3, 2013 to January 3, 2014, and found that Republicans have spent more than $5.5 million in investigating the faux-Benghazi scandal.
According to those documents, Benghazi committees have received more funding than hearings on small business, ethics, veteran affairs, agriculture, space, science, and technology, among others.
- Committee on Rules: $2,857,408
- Committee on Small Business: $2,992,688
- Committee on Ethics: $3,020,459
- Committee on Veterans’ Affairs: $3,048,546
- Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: $4,389,758
- Committee on House Administration: $4,600,560
- Committee on Agriculture: $5,036,187
- Committee on the Budget: $5,138,824
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: $5,282,755
- House Benghazi Panel: $5,657,142
- Committee on Natural Resources: $6,555,829
- Committee on Armed Services: $6,563,535
- Committee on Education and the Workforce: $6,952,763
- Committee on Homeland Security: $7,033,588
- Committee on the Judiciary: $7,077,016
- Committee on Foreign Affairs: $7,388,112
- Committee on Financial Services: $7,394,482
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: $8,182,307
- Committee on Ways and Means: $8,423,411
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: $8,940,437
- Committee on Energy and Commerce: $9,520,516
This is top of the cost to the Pentagon for complying with their witch-hunt.
Of the eight Congressional investigations, not one has found any wrong doing at the foot of President Obama, or then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Still, Republicans continue to throw money at the investigation, hoping to find an “ah-ha!” moment.
For a party that is telling the American public there isn’t enough money for infrastructure projects, education, health care, this should anger every American.