U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, on Friday thanked Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., for scheduling a committee hearing on the scandal over the $823,000 training conference held by a government agency in 2010.
Boxer, the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, set the hearing for April 18. She has called on the acting director of the General Services Administration to testify and the agency’s inspector general, who investigated the lavish Las Vegas conference that has already cost three top officials their jobs.
Inhofe, the top Republican on the committee, had asked Boxer on Tuesday to set a hearing.
“I would like to thank Senator Boxer for agreeing to hold this important hearing on the GSA debacle so we can find out exactly what happened at GSA’s extravagant party in Vegas, and ensure that it never happens again,” Inhofe said Friday.
“To add insult to injury, just when we thought that GSA spending $823,000 on a party was bad enough, now the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has uncovered a video by a GSA employee that shows an utter disregard for the taxpayer.
“Again, I appreciate Senator Boxer for her prompt attention to this matter and for scheduling a hearing so quickly. I hope it will be a good opportunity not only to get to the bottom of how this disrespectful squandering of taxpayer funds happened, but why it took so long for those responsible to be held accountable for their actions.”