posted by Christopher W. Holton

Last month, Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and I introduced a bill to provide more transparency for payments made to foreign nations, like Iran. Specifically, the bill would instruct the Treasury Department to provide additional information regarding payments from the U.S. Judgment Fund. The Treasury Department’s Judgment Fund pays domestic and international court judgments and Justice Department compromise settlements of actual or imminent lawsuits against the government.

My bill also prevents American taxpayer dollars from ever again going to countries that are state sponsors of terrorism, such as Iran. Congress has a constitutional obligation to conduct rigorous oversight of all federal spending, in addition to our nation’s interaction with other nations. We must pursue every opportunity to do both — especially when U.S. taxpayer dollars are being used.

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