Congress must wield the power of the wallet to limit what the FBI and DOJ do to Americans: Rep. Jordan
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, joined “Sunday Morning Futures” to discuss FBI whistleblower testimony and his takeaways from Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing. The committee chairman explained to host Maria Bartiromo how Congress can rule the FBI and the Justice Department by using appropriations and tightening “purse strings.”
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REPRESENTATIVE JIM JORDAN: At the end of the day, money always gets people’s attention… and so what we’re going to have to do is say, ‘hey, FBI, you can’t use federal taxpayers’ money, you can’t not use US taxpayers’ money for this. kind of activity.‘ We need to limit how they spend the money, maybe even limit them. Here is a great example. They want millions of dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars in their construction budget for a new facility. No way, no way we approve of that. It should be a given. No question that we give you money for that. So we have to use appropriations, that’s the power that the founders wanted, the legislature, and especially the House, where constitutionally every spending bill, every tax bill has to come from the House . They wanted this body, which stands for election every two years, to be the body closest to the people who decide how we spend the money. So we have to exercise our authority, the power of the wallet, to limit what the federal government, what the FBI, the justice department do to the American people.
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… President McCarthy and Republicans have pledged to draft the 12 appropriation bills that fund the government over the next few months. I think the first will be out in a few weeks. We met with the appropriations staff, our judiciary committee staff, to work out how we can limit the money, American taxpayers’ money being used in this way and deal with the global budget that the FBI and the DOJ receive.