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McCaskill grills military leaders on sustainability of spending, contracting costs

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Uploaded on Feb 14, 2012

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill used a Senate hearing today to grill the country's top military leaders on the ballooning costs of government contracting, as well as the sustainability of taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. McCaskill used a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to continue her effort to cut spending and save taxpayer dollars, questioning U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey about large-scale infrastructure projects in Afghanistan that are being financed by U.S. taxpayers but may ultimately prove unsustainable for the Afghan government. McCaskill recently introduced a plan to strip funds for large-scale construction projects in Afghanistan and redirect those resources for use in the construction of roads and bridges in America.

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