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First on Fox — Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley says the State Department is showing “contempt” toward taxpayers as it slowly addresses watchdog complaints of $40 million in questionable aid to Afghanistan over the past decades.
In a letter to the State Department this week shared with Fox News digital, Grassley revealed that of the $40 million in aide that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) had questioned, the department had only determined that $19,000 was allowable by law. And only $191,000 of improperly spent aid was in the process of being returned to the government, according to the letter.
“In two years, that’s all you can show the taxpayer; this is unacceptable,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday. “Compliance with rules, regulations, and laws—especially when dealing with taxpayer money—is a demand, not an option.”
State Department is among many agencies …
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